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    Subjunctive

    Could you tell me what the differences of the following sentences are:

    (i)Without the individual efforts of each of you, we would not be able to provide the high quality of service to our customers.

    (ii)Without the individual efforts of each of you, we would not have been able to provide the high quality of service to our customers.

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: Subjunctive

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    Could you tell me what the differences of the following sentences are:

    (i)Without the individual efforts of each of you, we would not be able to provide the high quality of service to our customers. Now and in the future.

    (ii)Without the individual efforts of each of you, we would not have been able to provide the high quality of service to our customers. For an unspecified period up to now.

    Thank you for your help.
    Bhai.

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    Re: Subjunctive

    (ii)Without the individual efforts of each of you, we would not have been able to provide the high quality of service to our customers. For an unspecified period up to now.
    It also be for a period in the past that has finished if the wider context made reference to it- The Trade Fair went well. Without...

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