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    Hi all , i joined this forum a few mins. ago thats why i can't use it properly . my question is , what's the difference between these 3 sentences . could u also tell me about their proper usage ?

    1. if i knew that then i would help .
    2. had i known that then i would help.
    3. if i had known that then i would help .

    Thankyou.

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    User12345, Welcome aboard! Great site!
    My two cents: Since, in each of the three sentences, your “non-knowledge” was in the past , your “help” must also be expressed in the past tense. [i.e. …then I would have (would’ve –or- wouldn’t have) helped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poorboy_9 View Post
    User12345, Welcome aboard! Great site!
    My two cents: Since, in each of the three sentences, your “non-knowledge” was in the past , your “help” must also be expressed in the past tense. [i.e. …then I would have (would’ve –or- wouldn’t have) helped.
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    Thankyou Poorboy_9 for welcoming me and helping also . my question is when should i use " if i knew" and when should i use " had i known or if i had known?" do all these forms have exactly the same meaning and i can use whichever i want to use or have they different usages ? let me elaborate .
    1. if i knew about the party time then i would have arrived on time .
    2. had or if i had known about the party time then i would have arrived on time .
    i know what my question is in my mind but i'm unable to express my question . i hope i've explained my question well this time . i still need help .


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    i still need help :)


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