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    Hi,
    I am wondering which is correct "would accept" or "had accepted" in the case.
    1. If only he would accept some help with the work instead of trying to do it alone.
    2. If only he had accepted some help with the work instead of trying to do it alone.
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    Re: accept

    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi,
    I am wondering which is correct "would accept" or "had accepted" in the case.
    1. If only he would accept some help with the work instead of trying to do it alone.
    2. If only he had accepted some help with the work instead of trying to do it alone.
    Thanks.
    They are both correct, but they have different meanings.
    1. is in the present tense. 2. is in the past perfect.
    1. If only he would accept help, he would finish faster. (Present conditional, twice)
    2. If only he had accepted some help, he might not have injured himself. (Past perfect, present perfect).

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