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    #1

    what if

    I wonder if there is any difference between "1" and "2".

    He saved a drowning woman.
    1. What if he didn't jump in? Her life would have been lost.
    2. What if he hadn't jumped in? Her life would have been lost.

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    #2

    Re: what if

    Only#2 is appropriate.

    #1 is not possible. The first sentence refers to a hypothetical present or future non-jump, the second to a past counterfactual loss of life.

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