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    #1

    verb tense

    Example from Manhattan book:
    Wrong: Stacy would have gone to the party if she knew about it
    Correct: Stacy would have gone to the party if she had known about it

    Manhattan says:
    The phrase if she knew about it is wrong because it conveys the meaning that perhaps Stacy DID know about the party.

    My query:
    How come the phrase "if she knew about it" convey that she probably did know about the party?
    even though i'd agree the second sentence sounds better but I'm really not able to connect to the reasoning behind it. Please help me understand it better.
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    Re: verb tense

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    The correct sentence is a third conditional: would have + past participle / if + past perfect.
    Remember that an if-clause can come at the beginning or end of a sentence. If it comes first, it is often separated by a comma.
    It is used to talk about past situations which did not happen.
    In your example, Stacy did not know about the party.
    As to the wrong sentence, I don't think your Manhattan book is correct.
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    Re: verb tense

    I agree that the second sentence is correct, but disagree with that reason they give for the first sentence being wrong. If she knew about it would be part of a second conditional sentence and would not refer to past time.

    Stacy would go to this party if she knew about it. (This means that she doesn't know about the party and won't go)
    Stacy would have gone to the party if she had known about it.
    (This means that she didn't know about the party and didn't go)

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