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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2018 11:56:51 PM
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Wouldn't it be great if you could correct your eyesight and reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses — without having to undergo eye surgery?

https://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/orthok.htm

Please explain the use "wouldn't it be" structure" and how to use it correctly?
thar
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 12:00:54 AM

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In this case, make the question into a statement.

What is the statement?

It........if you could see clearly without glasses.

I think that will make it make much more sense.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 1:06:56 AM
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Thanks. Is it "hypothetical use of would" here? Why do we need "it"?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:43:58 AM

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Yes - it is a interrogative conditional (conditional question)

if you could correct your eyesight and reduce your dependence on glasses - "the 'if' clause", including the hypothetical "could correct" and "could reduce".

Wouldn't it be great - the conditional clause (which is a question), using the hypothetical "would be".

The "it" is needed because that clause has to have a subject (clauses always have subjects, by definition). You could replace the "it" with another noun/pronoun phrase.

Wouldn't your life be great if you could correct your eyesight . . .
Wouldn't the situation be great if you could correct your eyesight . . .



Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
coag
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 9:53:04 AM

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This reminded me of the song "Wouldn't it be good"

"Wouldn't it be good to be in your shoes
Even if it was for just one day
Wouldn't it be good if we could wish ourselves away

Wouldn't it be good to be on your side
The grass is always greener over there
Wouldn't it be good if we could live without a care"
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 11:11:18 AM
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Thanks
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