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    habitual conditionals

    1)"If he had business in Baltimore, he would stay at the Hyatt."

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    2)"If he had business in Baltimore, he was going to stay at the Hyatt."

    Would these two sentences be interchangeable in terms of a habitual conditional sentence to mean that I'm refering to a period of time in the past? Would sentence 2) be considered as a habitual conditional sentence at all?
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    Re: habitual conditionals

    1)"If he had business in Baltimore, he would stay at the Hyatt."

    Depending on context this could have a meaning similar to: Whenever he had business in Baltimore, it was his custom to stay at the Hyatt,
    or, it could be a hypothetical present or future situation.


    2)"If he had business in Baltimore, he was going to stay at the Hyatt."

    This sentence is unlikely except as an implied reporting of his thought: If I have business in Baltimore, I am going to stay at the Hyatt.

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