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    If clause in reported speech

    Hi,
    Imagine the following scenario:

    On the 10th of April 2009 Mr. A says:
    If this project doesn't get approved by end of August, it will never be approved.

    It is now the 1st of September and Mr. B wants some updates about the project status and says to Mr. A:
    You said that had the project not been approved by end of August, it would have never been approved.

    Is the last sentence correct?

    Thanks beforehand

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    Re: If clause in reported speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Hungry View Post
    Hi,
    Imagine the following scenario:

    On the 10th of April 2009 Mr. A says:
    If this project doesn't get approved by end of August, it will never be approved.

    It is now the 1st of September and Mr. B wants some updates about the project status and says to Mr. A:
    You said that had the project not been approved by end of August, it would have never been approved.

    Is the last sentence correct?

    Thanks beforehand
    You said that had the project not been approved by end of August, it would never be approved.
    It's better like this.


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    Re: If clause in reported speech

    Dear Bhaisahab,
    thank you for replying.
    I still have some doubts.

    In the same scenario I would have used 'it would never be approved' in a sentence like:
    (it is the 10th of August)
    You said that if the project was not approved by end of August, it would never be approved.

    In the previous case, 1st of September, there is no more chance of getting the project approved therefore I thought of using ' it would have never...'.

    Is there a rule I am missing or is it just 'better' English?

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