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    Post Need help in conditional sentences,,,,,,,,,

    i got this point, from a tv show, it was like this:
    -----i could have stopped her, but i failed to do so, EVEN IF I WOULD HAVE STOPPED HER, IT WOULD NOT HAVE HELPED.............
    so i am confused, coz always in the conditional sentences, line start from if,,,then next line with would,,,,,,or visa versa....like:
    --- if i knew, i would tell you.
    ----if i had heared the weather report, i would have taken an umbrella etc.
    soooooooooo, here howcome both lines are with would,,,,,,,,,,should not be like this:
    --------even if i had stopped her, it would not have helped
    ----------even if i stopped her, it would not have helped
    ------------even if i stopped her, it would not helped,,,,,,,,
    sorry, but this makes me veryyy confuse,,,,,,i want to clear this thing,,,plz help me,,,,,,,,i always get confused in conditional sentences, that where to use past simple,,,,and where to use past parfect in conditional sentences with the word would,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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    Default Re: Need help in conditional sentences,,,,,,,,,

    You have detected that the person speaking is, from a Brit. Eng. point of view, using very poor grammar.
    It should not be:
    EVEN IF I WOULD HAVE STOPPED HER, IT WOULD NOT HAVE HELPED.

    but as you say:

    Even if I had stopped her, it would not have helped.

    It was probably an American TV program. There is some debate as to whether their grammar is atrocious at times, or whether such instances are to be regarded as an 'acceptable variant', and even Standard American, since such 'instances' are becoming ubiquitous. Hence, your confusion.

    ubiquitous: found everywhere. (A slight exaggeration on my part - but only 'slight'.)

    (Please, oh please, avoid 'blog speak' and 'text speak' as in your "coz" and "plz", when writing in the forum. It would be interesting to see, after a time, whether you can still spell those words!) It's bad enough you do not capitalize the "I" - and in fact, seem to eschew capitalization except for your use of emphasis... and then, punctuation doesn't seem to exist for you. You have acquired some bad habits!
    Last edited by David L.; 23-Mar-2009 at 07:32.

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    Default Re: Need help in conditional sentences,,,,,,,,,

    You could have: Even if I could have stopped her, it would not have helped.

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