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     Table of Contents Chapter 19 19.4.2.4 Rule number three 1/2
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Chapter 19: Conjunctive, Conditional and Reported speech

  19.4.2.4 Rule number three 1/2


In cases that the conjunctive II sounds strange or is simply unknown to the speaker we come to - what the author would like to call - rule number three and a half. Because the fact that something is unknown or sounds weird is very much subjective. This what might feel strange to me or what I just don't know might be cristal clear to others.

  Er sagt: "Wir fahren nach Berlin."
Transformation according to rule number one:
Er sagt, dass sie nach Berlin fahren. = conjunctive is identical to present indicative
Transformation according to rule number two.
Er sagt, dass sie nach Berlin führen. = conjunctive II is NOT identical to imperfect, but to many people it sounds weird.
Now we take rule number three 1/2 and transform into conditional.
Er sagt, dass sie nach Berlin fahren würden.

  Er sagt: "Wir trinken ein Bier."
Transformation according to rule number one:
Er sagt, dass sie ein Bier trinken. = conjunctive is identical to present indicative
Transformation according to rule number two
Er sagt, dass sie Bier tränken. = This sounds to many people weird.
Transformation according to rule number three 1/2
Er sagt, dass sie ein Bier trinken würden. = conditional
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