What is a real-world example of a conditional statement with a positive and negative converse?

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It is best to start with definitions. A conditional statement is otherwise known as an if/then construction. These constructions are very useful, because you can make hypothetical statements. Writing can become more precise this way.  

Since you want a real life example, let me give you an example from an article from the New York Times. 

In an article dated to September 6th, we read the following words:  "If the German quota system highlights a possible path to a European solution, it is also laying bare the many pitfalls along the way."

If you want to write the converse of the above sentence, you can write:

"If the German quota system is laying bare the many pitfalls along the way, then it is also highlighting a possible path to a European solution."

If you want to make the converse negative, you can write:

"If the German quota system is not laying bare the many pitfalls along the way, then it is also highlighting a possible path to a European solution."

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