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    #1

    hypothetical

    1. If our languages did not share words, we would not be able to communicate.
    2. If our languages did not share words, we would not have been able to communicate.
    3. Had our languages not shared words, we would not be able to communicate.

    Which is the correctly phrased sentence?

    Many thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 20-Jun-2009 at 17:49.

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    #2

    Re: hyphotical

    Hello Tan,

    All are correct.

    #1 presents an unreal condition and its unreal consequences.

    #2 presents an unreal condition and its unreal consequences in the past.

    #3 presents an unreal past condition and its unreal consequences in the present.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    #3

    Re: hyphotical

    Be careful with ALL your spelling - hypothetical!

    All three are acceptable, but think about these:

    1. If our languages did not have shared words, we would not be able to communicate.
    2. If our languages did not include shared words, we would not have been able to communicate.
    3. Had our languages not included shared words, we would not be able to communicate.

    Our 'languages' do not do the sharing, but us the users.

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    Re: hyphotical

    1. If our languages did not share words, we would not be able to communicate.
    2. If our languages did not share words, we would not have been able to communicate.
    3. Had our languages not shared words, we would not be able to communicate.
    4. Had our languages not shared words, we would not have been able to communicate.

    I missed out the fourth sentence. Is it correct?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: hyphotical

    That's fine: an unreal condition in the past, with unreal past consequences.

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    Re: hyphotical

    Many thanks to both of you for being so helpful.

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