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"Sometimes a past simple tense is used with "if" where a past perfect would be normal."
1)"If I had the the money I would have been surfing in New Zealand."
2)"If I knew you were coming I would have baked a cake."
Last edited by ostap77; 21-Dec-2010 at 14:04.
3)"If I had the money with me I would have bought you one."
4)"If I didn't have my walking boots on I think I would have really hurt my foot."
In both of these the pas perfect would be OK.
Last edited by ostap77; 21-Dec-2010 at 14:33.
"If I Knew You Were Coming I"d Have Baked a Cake." Certainly incorrect, but this was the title of American singer Georgia Gibbs's first big hit in the early '50's. Perhaps you can find it on YouTube.
I agree with bhaisahab. I'd have a past perfect in #4, too.
I really don't understand why it can't be correct ?
As far as I know the grammatical structure using in that sentence is fine, I was taught three types of IF statement and don't know the exceptions in making sentences following these structures.
Could you please make it clear ?
Thank you so much !
"If I had the money, I would buy you one" would be correct. "If I had the money (now), I would buy you one" (now). "If I had the money (present tense, now), I would have bought you one" (past, then) This is not logical. However, "If I had had the money (past, then), I would have bought you one" (past, then) is perfectly logical.