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  1. flatron's Avatar

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    Is this sentence correct?

    I read in an internet blog :
    “If he were really decent he would have refused to repeat a lie.”

    isn't better gramatically to say: "If he were decent he would refuse to repeat a lie" far as I know this is the second conditional....
    ...what do you think?...Thanks.....

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    If he has ALREADY repeated the lie, then you "would have refused."

    If there is a chance that he will not repeat the lie (he hasn't yet), then your version would be correct.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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