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    Please explain the difference between the following:

    "IF I WERE THERE,I WOULD NOT ACCEPT THEIR INVITATION"

    "IF I HAD BEEN THERE, I WOULD NOT ACCEPT THEIR INVITATION"

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    The first one has to do with the present, and the second one has to do with the past.

    (Say: "If I had been there I would not have accepted their invitation.")

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    The first could also refer to an unlikely future event.

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