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    Were stayed vs had stayed

    Having written one of the following, I'm doubting which one I should've picked up. First of all, are these two sentences correct?

    If he were stayed for a while, he would've got used to this.
    If he'd stayed for a while, he would've got used to this.

    My try: They both are correct to me. Well, the first'd more imply a hypothetical situation while the second could likely more accentuate the duration.

    Thank you very much
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    Re: Were stayed vs had stayed

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    Having written one of the following, I'm doubting which one I should've picked up. First of all, are these two sentences correct?

    If he were stayed for a while, he would've got used to this. Not correct. You have used two verbs together in the past tense. "If he stayed for a while, he would get used to this." (Possibility, second conditional)
    If he'd stayed for a while, he would've got used to this. Correct. An impossible condition as he has already left. (Third conditional) (Heīd=he had)

    My try: They both are correct to me. Well, the first'd more imply a hypothetical situation while the second could likely more accentuate the duration.

    Thank you very much
    Past participle of get in BrE is got; in AmE itīs usually gotten.

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    Re: Were stayed vs had stayed

    "Were stayed" is not a possible combination. "If he had stayed" is what you want to say, I think.

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    Re: Were stayed vs had stayed

    Anyway, I wrote the second. I'm just confused sometimes. Thank you very much.
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    Re: Were stayed vs had stayed

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Were stayed" is not a possible combination. "If he had stayed" is what you want to say, I think.
    ... at least, not in that sense.There is a sense of 'stay' that might fit - though I've never seen it used in the passive: I've heard (and used) 'stay your hand' (meaning 'don't do it'), but not 'Their hands were stayed' (to mean 'they didn't do anything').

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    Re: Were stayed vs had stayed

    I guess executions can be stayed as well.

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    Re: Were stayed vs had stayed

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    I'm just confused sometimes.
    I'm that way quite often, and I'm working in my FIRST language!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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