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    Re: Were vs Was

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post

    The Civil Rights movement has happened. It's over. (Please don't take that as a political statement!)

    The Civil Rights movement was successful. Had it not been successful, the world would be a very different place.
    The Civil Rights movement was successful. If it had not been successful, the world would be a very different place.
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    I understand this represents the "the third mixed conditional". However I have to say, that I do not find it in any ordinary course of grammar. Why?

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    Re: Were vs Was

    It's commonly described- the past condition + present result is in most descriptions of mixed conditionals that I know.

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    Re: Were vs Was

    Is there a difference in meaning between "the past condition+present result" type of conditional and the plain third conditional? In other words, do, "If it had not been successful, the world would be a very different place." and, "If it had not been successful, the world would have been a very different place.'' mean different things? If they do, what is that difference?

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    Re: Were vs Was

    "If it had not been successful (in the past), the world would be a very different place (now, in the present."

    "If it had not been successful (in the past), the world would have been a very different place (in the past).''

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    Re: Were vs Was

    Thank you very much, James. This does clear things up further.

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