present for future conditional

Mark Mandel Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Wed Aug 22 14:50:09 UTC 2001

On NPR last night (about 6:12 pm, 2001-8-21), in a story on Jesse Helms's
retirement announcement, a North Carolinian whose name I didn't catch said
of Elizabeth Dole "I think she wins if she runs", meaning what I would have
said as "I think she'll win if she runs".

I think we had a thread about this a few months back, but iirc that was
mostly or entirely in sports usage.

-- Mark A. Mandel

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