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    If I would have known

    If I would have known you were going I would have got you to get me the nut ones. (From Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English)


    1. Can we use 'had known' in place of 'would have known' without changing the original meaning?
    2. What does 'got you to get me the nut ones' mean?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: If I would have known

    Most native English speakers (at least in American English) do not notice any difference in meaning among: ...if I would have known, had known or even ...if I knew.

    "I would have got you to get me the nut ones" means "I would have asked [insisted] that you get me [buy for me] the ones [candies, etc.] that have nuts in them.

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    Re: If I would have known

    ...but in Br English, 'If I would have known' would be unusual, and would suggest that the speaker watches a lot of cable TV.

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    Re: If I would have known

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    If I would have known you were going I would have got you to get me the nut ones. (From Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English)


    1. Can we use 'had known' in place of 'would have known' without changing the original meaning?
    2. What does 'got you to get me the nut ones' mean?

    Thank you in advance.
    "If I would have known ..." doesn't make a lot of sense.
    Where I come from, "Had I known..." or "If I'd known..." or "If I knew..." are used.

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