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    I am wondering if these conditional sentences are correct?

    1. If he had not been drinking so much in the past, he would be in better health now.
    2. If the weather were not good, she would stay at home reading books.
    3. Had the government followed advice of the expert, they would not end up in difficulties today.
    4. He often asked himself were it not better for his well-being if he had chosen another job.
    5. If they had helped him when he was young, he would probably live happier life today.
    or (should i say, he would probably have lived happier life today)?

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    Default Re: Conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if these conditional sentences are correct?

    1. If he had not been drinking so much in the past, he would be in better health now.
    2. If the weather were not good, she would stay at home reading books.
    3. Had the government followed advice of the expert, they would not end up in difficulties today.
    4. He often asked himself were it not better for his well-being if he had chosen another job.
    5. If they had helped him when he was young, he would probably live happier life today.
    or (should i say, he would probably have lived happier life today)?
    None of them work for me I'm afraid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if these conditional sentences are correct?

    1. If he had not been drinking so much in the past, he would be in better health now.
    1. If he had not drunk so much in the past, he would be in better health now.

    2. If the weather were not good, she would stay at home reading books. (it's correct)

    3. Had the government followed advice of the expert, they would not end up in difficulties today.(correct, although "If the government had followed...." is more common)

    4. He often asked himself were it not better for his well-being if he had chosen another job.
    It's not correct. Sorry I don't get what you mean here.

    5. If they had helped him when he was young, he would probably live happier life today.
    or (should i say, he would probably have lived happier life today)?
    5. If they had helped him when he was young, he would probably live happier today.

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    3. Had the government followed advice of the expert, they would not end up in difficulties today.
    #3 is not correct.

    Had the government followed the expert's advice, they...

    ... would not be in difficulties today.
    ... would not have ended up in difficulties today.

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    Default Re: Conditional

    For #3, the subjunctive "were" is not right.

    I assume you're talking about repeated actions in the past.
    She loved going to her beach house every spring, before the tourists arrived. If the weather was fair, she would go for long walks on the beach. If the weather was not good, she'd stay home and read books. Because it's not counter-factual (the weather really was not good on those days we are describing), use indicative, not subjunctive.
    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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    Barb
    Thank you for your explanation. Indeed, I was talking about repeated actions.

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    I meant #2 of course, not #3. Sorry.
    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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