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    Past perfect continuous vs past continuous

    Here is a sentence in which they used past perfect continuous:
    We wouldn't have had the accident if you hadn't been driving too fast.

    So I thought why not just simply to use past continuous like in this way:
    We wouldn't have had the accident if you wasn't driving too fast.
    Is this way correct, and if not, why not?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Past perfect continuous vs past continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Marybeth View Post
    Here is a sentence in which they used past perfect continuous:
    We wouldn't have had the accident if you hadn't been driving too fast.

    So I thought why not just simply to use past continuous like in this way:
    We wouldn't have had the accident if you wasn't driving too fast.
    Is this way correct, and if not, why not?

    Thanks a lot.
    We wouldn't have had the accident if you were'nt driving too fast.

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    Re: Past perfect continuous vs past continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Marybeth View Post
    Here is a sentence in which they used past perfect continuous:
    We wouldn't have had the accident if you hadn't been driving too fast.

    So I thought why not just simply to use past continuous like in this way:
    We wouldn't have had the accident if you wasn't driving too fast.
    Is this way correct, and if not, why not?
    Thanks a lot.
    I think that you should use the third conditional here to speculate about something that happened and how it could have been different (= a hypothetical possibility).

    If + past perfect, would have + past participle

    I’d say: We wouldn't have had the accident if you hadn't been driving too fast.

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    Re: Past perfect continuous vs past continuous

    Check out the tenses while using a conditional, there are rules for that plus this one is the one that could have happened but never did, so the tenses go in certain order.

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    Re: Past perfect continuous vs past continuous

    You can change the order.

    If you hadn't been driving too fast, we wouldn't have had the accident. (with comma)
    or
    We wouldn't have had the accident if you hadn't been driving too fast. (without comma)


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    Re: Past perfect continuous vs past continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    We wouldn't have had the accident if you were'nt driving too fast.
    So I can say: We wouldn't have had the accident if you weren't driving too fast instead of hadn't been driving too fast.
    correct?

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