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Grammar of If...then statements in german

So I was looking at the german subjunctive forms, and for konjunktiv 2, I had some questions about the grammatical structure of if...then statements. In the sentence "Wenn ich schneller führe, hätte ich bestimmt einen Unfall," I understand the second part of the sentence's grammar, but the first part, particularly "führe" confuses me. What tense is this? Is this part of the sentence in the konjunktiv 2 as well? Thanks.

May 22, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klastiron

führe, in your sentence, is in the "Konjunktiv II - Präteritum".

Click here for the full table. Scroll down to see führe.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7hAu0bvY

yes führe is the Konjunktiv II Präteritum of fahren,

but it is also "1.person singular (informal) Präsens" of the verb führen which means to guide or to lead.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthieuPo19

Ok, follow up question, in order to create this subjunctive mood of "If I drove," would the praterium or another past form for konjunktiv 2 be used? Or is there another form that translates more to "If I had driven"? (Plusquamperfekt)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mia797420

If I had driven = Wenn ich gefahren wäre... If I had eaten = Wenn ich gegessen hätte...

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