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    Re: Doubt in the use of Past Perfect or Simple past in an If-clause

    Quote Originally Posted by omidonline
    You are right. Thanks for the contribution you made.
    Language is not mathematics, we all know that. There's no such thing as a fixed set of rules governing the grammar a language, and English is no exception.
    On making that statement, GENERALITY was what I had in mind.
    Agreed, but I do like the exceptions.

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    Re: Doubt in the use of Past Perfect or Simple past in an If-clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    I agree.

    Subjunctive "were" sounds better than present perfect "have been". But . . . how are they exceptions?
    Past tense for past time in a conditional.

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