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Here we use a simple past in the if-clause and would + infinitive (bare form of the verb) in the result clause.
The type 2 conditional refers to present and future situations. It is used to talk about unreal - impossible, improbable or imaginary - situations. It refers to an unlikely or hypothetical condition and its probable result.
Type 1 or type 2 - What to use?
Real and imaginary situations
The type 1 conditional is often called the real conditional. It is used for real and possible situations. The type 2 conditional is used for unreal - impossible, improbable or imaginary - situations.
Direct requests and suggestions
In direct request or suggestions we use type 1 conditional. To make a request or suggestion more polite, we use type 2 conditional.
The Type 2 Conditional - Alternate forms
Modals in the result clause
We can use could in the result clause to mean would be able to.
Might can be used in the result clause to mean would perhaps or would possibly.
If you requested them more politely, they might help you. (= They would perhaps help you.)
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