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    mixed conditionals??!!

    "It's nothing! I just thought that us girls should stick together."

    "If it 1) wasn't for you they would have kicked me off the train. 2)I'd be out in the middle of nowhere sitting on my....................."


    (Marilyn Monroe in a hilarious comedy "Some like it hot")

    1) To be grammatically precise there should be "hadn't been for". Correct?

    2) Wouldn't "I would have been" be more appropriate in this sentence? Did she use "I'd be" because she refered to it as a point in the unreal present at the moment of speaking not a point in the past?
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    Re: mixed conditionals??!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "If it 1) wasn't for you they would have kicked me off the train. 2)I'd be out in the middle of nowhere sitting on my....................."

    1) To be grammatically precise there should be "hadn't been for". Correct?
    As we have explained to you before, most native speakers are not too concerned with grammatical precision in such cases. It could be argued that the character is suggesting something along the lines of 'But for the fact that you exist', in which case 'If it wasn't (or weren't) for you' is exactly what is required.

    2) Wouldn't "I would have been" more appropriate in this sentence? Did she use "I'd be" because she refered to it as a point in the unreal present at the moment of speaking not a point in the past?
    We can only guess what was going on in her mind. Whatever the 'rules' might say, some native speakers would use 'I'd be', some 'I'd have been' and others might use one on one occasion and the other on a different occasion.
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