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

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.

May 22, 2018

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.

May 22, 2018

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)

May 22, 2018

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

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

May 23, 2018
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