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    is it more colloquial?

    "Even if the illegal entry happened, due to the fact that the border is not signed and they could not have recognised it, even if it did happen, they are not at fault."

    It's part of an interview about three Americans who face the espionage trial in Iran.

    If I'm talking about an unreal action in the past that could have happened but didn't than I ought to use a past perfect "Even if the illigal entry had happened,due to the fact that the border is not signed and they could not have recognised it,.......... " A past simple is more of a colloquial way to say it?

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    Re: is it more colloquial?

    The speaker might well have been conveying the message, "Even if we accept that it happened...". If so, then it is not colloquial; it is perfectly acceptable.

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