Counterfactual Conditional Clauses


Counterfactual Conditional Clauses

If you had taken our Neo-Ericksonian Hypnosis class before, you might be in a class by yourself.

A conditional clause is one that starts with “if.” A counterfactual presupposes the negation of the antecedent proposition and strongly suggests the negation of the consequent proposition.

In our example it is presupposed that you have not taken the class previously. It says “If you had…” then things might be different, but as they are, it suggests that you failed to distinguish yourself.

Here’s another example:

If you had worn your tie, they wouldn’t have asked you to leave.

About Doug O'Brien

Doug O’Brien is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, and a Certified Hypnotherapist. In 1988, while assisting at NLP and NAC training seminars with Anthony Robbins, Doug achieved the designation of Master Trainer. He now conducts numerous seminars of his own around the globe (specializing in the “Sleight of Mouth” patterns of Robert Dilts, NLP Certification Courses, and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy) and helped found Columbia-Presbyterian’s Department of Complementary Medicine with Dr. Mehmet Oz.

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