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     Table of Contents Chapter 19 19.4.2.3 Rule number three
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Chapter 19: Conjunctive, Conditional and Reported speech

  19.4.2.3 Rule number three

If the conjunctive II is identical with the imperfect mode of indicative form or if the conjunctive II sounds weird the
conditional (conjunctive of werden) is used.

  Er sagte: "Sie kaufen ihm ein Fahrrad."
First transformation according to rule no. I Er sagte, dass sie ihm ein Fahrrad kaufen.
Second transformation according to rule no. II Er sagte, dass sie ihm ein Fahrrad kauften.
Third transformation form with würde: Er sagte, dass sie ihm ein Fahrrad kaufen würden.

What has happened?
First transformation: according to rule no. one into conjunctive I. But the conjunctive I is identical to present form of indicative.
Second transformation: according to rule no. two intro conjunctive II. But the conjunctive II is identical to imperfect form of indicative.
Therefore, the third transformation is used as shown in the example.
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