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    Default ........you wouldn't have this problem now

    Situation: A friend and I are spending our first day visiting Paris.

    If you had checked the size of your suitcase, you wouldn't have this problem now.
    If you checked the size of your suitcase, you wouldn't have this problem now.

    Hello,

    Can both be correct?

    No source/self made grammar examples

    It also has source. I said "no source" because the second one has no source but the first one.
    I really don't know whether it's related to an airport or not. I have taken a picture of the page.
    If you click here, you will see it.

    This is an exercise teaching conditionals:

    1. If you ............ (check) the size of your suitcase, you wouldn't have this problem now. (Answer key = had checked)

    I just wanted to know whether "checked" can be correct too or not.
    In my opinion, both (checked) and (had checked) can work in there. But not sure.
    If we use "had checked" it's mixed time conditional and if we use "checked" it's present unreal condition.
    I wish one native English will clarify it to me. Thank you.

    Source: Summit 2B (by Joan Saslo and Allen Ascher) Pearson
    Longman Press, Unit6, Conditionals
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    Thank you
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    Default Re: ........you wouldn't have this problem now

    Only "had checked" is correct.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: ........you wouldn't have this problem now

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    Only "had checked" is correct.
    Thanks for answering but there must be a reason. Why "checked" is incorrect?

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    Default Re: ........you wouldn't have this problem now

    There is a clear difference in timescale. The problem is being experienced now so the checking must have taken place (or rather not taken place) before that.

    If I had checked the suitcase, I wouldn't have this problem now.
    If you had told me to check my suitcase, I wouldn't be having this problem now.
    If he had studied French at university, he would have a better job now.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: ........you wouldn't have this problem now

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    There is a clear difference in timescale. The problem is being experienced now so the checking must have taken place (or rather not taken place) before that.

    If I had checked the suitcase, I wouldn't have this problem now.
    If you had told me to check my suitcase, I wouldn't be having this problem now.
    If he had studied French at university, he would have a better job now.
    Thank you. So, "checked" is incorrect. Right?

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    Default Re: ........you wouldn't have this problem now

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thank you. So, "checked" is incorrect. Right?
    Right.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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