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    conditional snetence with If it weren't for...

    I have a question.

    If I want to say that somebody is a hard-working person and have made great progress this year which conditional structure should I use:
    You wouldn't have made any progress If it weren't for your hard work. or simply the third conditional: you wouldn't have made any progress If it hadn't been for your hard work.
    Which one sounds more natural and correct?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: conditional snetence with If it weren't for...

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankafoil View Post
    If I want to say that somebody is a hard-working person and have has made great progress this year, which conditional structure should I use:
    "You wouldn't have made any progress I if it weren't for your hard work"., or simply the third conditional: y "You wouldn't have made any progress I if it hadn't been for your hard work".
    Welcome to the forum, Frankafoil.

    The first of your sentences is not impossible, but the second is more likely.

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    Re: conditional snetence with If it weren't for...

    I'd like to add one thing. "If it hadn't been" is a past conditional. The meaning of "if it weren't", on the other hand, is indeterminate in time, and so the following sentence is quite natural:

    You wouldn't be making any progress if it weren't for your hard work. In other words, progress now. Compare with:

    You wouldn't have made any progress if it hadn't been for your hard work. Progress in the past.

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    Re: conditional snetence with If it weren't for...

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankafoil View Post
    If I want to say that somebody is a hard-working person and have made great progress this year
    Has the year finished?

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    Re: conditional snetence with If it weren't for...

    Yes, this is the end of the course.

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    Re: conditional snetence with If it weren't for...

    It seems a little mean to suggest that someone wouldn't have made any progress at all without hard work! On a course, even the laziest person can make some progress.

    You wouldn't have made such good/great progress if it hadn't been for all the hard work you put in.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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