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PostPosted: Fri 11 Jan 2019 12:43 am 
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I have read that the Irish language does not distinguish between the conditional mood and conditional perfect tense.
For example:
"I would play football" and "I would have played football" apparently would be the same.

Another question on this forum gives another example: (viewtopic.php?f=28&t=3060&p=28104&hilit=conditional+perfect#p28104)

Níorbh fhearr liom = I wouldn't prefer/I would not have preferred (Irish doesn't distinguish the Conditional and the Conditional perfect.)


A second example is given (viewtopic.php?f=28&t=3013&p=27586&hilit=conditional+perfect#p27586):

Dá bhfeicfinn é, labharfainn leis If I saw him, I would speak to him.
Dá bhfeicinn é, labhras leis If I had seen him, I would have spoken to him.


The same thread states for the first, second and third conditional moods, there is no difference:

Da bhfeicfinn é, labharfainn leis
If I saw him, I would talk to him
Dá bhfeicfinn é, labharfainn leis If I see him, I would talk to him
Dá bhfeicfinn é, labharfainn leis If I had seen him, I would have talked to him


So my question naturally becomes: does the conditional perfect exist in Irish at all and if so, how does one use it?
For example to say, I would have gone, I would have played, I would have sung the song.

Second question: if first, second and third conditionals moods can be differentiated, how would they be written?

For example:
1. First conditional: If I have enough money, I will go to Japan.
2. Second conditional: If I had enough money, I would go to Japan.
3. Third conditional: If I had had enough money, I would have gone to Japan.


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PostPosted: Fri 11 Jan 2019 9:52 am 
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For example:
1. First conditional: If I have enough money, I will go to Japan.


This is not a conditional:
Má bhíonn go leor airgid agam, rachaidh mé chun na Seapáine.

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2. Second conditional: If I had enough money, I would go to Japan.


Dá mbeadh go leor airgid agam, rachainn chun na Seapáine.

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3. Third conditional: If I had had enough money, I would have gone to Japan.


Dá mbeadh go leor airgid agam, rachainn chun na Seapáine.
I guess you could also say (but I'm not sure people would use it):
Dá mbeadh go leor airgid faighte agam, bheinn imithe chun na Seapáine.

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