Daily Archives: August 6, 2010

Counterfactual or not?

A colleague was wondering about a sentence similar to the following (I’ve changed it slightly because it’s from something she’s working on):

If we treat dogs and cats equally, we might expect them to turn out to be friendlier than they would if we treat them differently.

She feels like the second treat should be treated but she’s not sure why.

Here’s why – or why not, depending. Continue reading