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    Conditionals

    I wasn't really surprised that we got lost because I knew that the navigator couldn't map-read.
    But if you (know) that why you (take) him as navigator?
    The answer is: knew, did you take. Why is it incorrect to say had known and would you have taken?

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    Re: Conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by barnej0096 View Post
    I wasn't really surprised that we got lost because I knew that the navigator couldn't map-read.
    But if you (know) that why you (take) him as navigator?
    The answer is: knew, did you take. Why is it incorrect to say had known and would you have taken?
    The sentence "But if you had known that, would you have taken him?" is fine but it means something completely different.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Conditionals

    But why the asnwer is: knew, did you take when the sentence refers to the past? Then I should use 3rd conditional not the 2nd.

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    Re: Conditionals

    The meaning is: If you knew that (and it seems you did know that) ...

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    Re: Conditionals

    The questioner cannot understand why the person took that navigator if he knew that navigator couldn't read maps. It is clear that the man did take him as navigator and also that he knew that he couldn't read maps. It seems like a very ill-advised course of action but it appears he took that course of action anyway. You could replace "If you knew that" with "Given that you knew that" or "Considering the fact that" and the meaning would not change.

    Starting with "If you had known that" suggests that he did not know about the navigator's shortcomings, and then it becomes a hypothetical.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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