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    #1

    Conditiionals

    John stays at my place because he has been evicted.
    If...
    Why can't it be: If John hasn't been evicted he wouldn't stay at my place?

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    Re: Conditiionals

    Quote Originally Posted by barnej0096 View Post
    John stays at my place because he has been evicted.
    If...
    Why can't it be: If John hasn't been evicted he wouldn't stay at my place?
    "If John hadn't been evicted, he wouldn't be staying at my place" is fine.

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    Re: Conditiionals

    Quote Originally Posted by barnej0096 View Post
    Why can't it be: If John hasn't been evicted he wouldn't stay at my place?
    Because you are talking about an imaginary, not real, situation. For imaginary situations past forms are used after "if".

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