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    Subjunctive if clause

    1--If he bought the stock, he would have been very rich now.

    2--If he had bought the stoch, he would be very rich now.

    3--If he bought the stock, he would be very rich now.

    4--If he had bought the stock, he would have been very rich now

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    The real situation is he did not buy the stock, and he is not very rich now. So can all the above four versions work to mean what the situation is? Thank you

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    Re: Subjunctive if clause

    As he didn't buy the stock, it has to start 'If he had bought. . .', so 2 and 4 are correct.

    I'd use either version.

    The subjunctive has nothing to do with it.

    Rover

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