[Grammar Tip] と is used for constant results, but not for one-time occurrences.
Today I am going to share the homework correction quoted from my JLPT course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?
If I had the money, I would buy a new car.
と is used for constant results, but not for one-time occurrences. In contrast, ば and たら can be used for hypothetical conditions that occur only once.
Using ば, you also consider the opposite condition, like “but the reality is that I can’t afford it because I don’t have the money…”. A たら sentence simply indicates a hypothetical condition.
I would go to Japan if I could get a vacation. (But in reality, I might not be able to take a vacation.)
I will go to Japan when I get a vacation.
I hope my explanation helps you. 😊
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