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    ...2.6 billion bags would not be thrown/have been thrown away each year.

    2.6 billion plastic bags are thrown away each year. Consumers should be more mindful of their usage of plastic bags.

    i have transformed the sentence as follows. Which is the verb that should be used? If neither sentence is correct, please tell me how it should be transformed. Thanks.

    If consumers had been more mindful of their usage of plastic bags, 2.6 billion bags would not be thrown away each year.

    If consumers had been more mindful of their usage of plastic bags, 2.6 billion bags would not have been thrown away each year.

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    Re: ...2.6 billion bags would not be thrown/have been thrown away each year.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    If consumers had been more mindful of their usage of plastic bags, 2.6 billion bags would not be thrown away each year.

    If consumers had been more mindful of their usage of plastic bags, 2.6 billion bags would not have been thrown away each year.
    The first suggests that a present non-throwing away would be the consequence of a past mindfulness.

    The second suggests that a past non-throwing away would have been the consequence of a past mindfulness.

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    Re: ...2.6 billion bags would not be thrown/have been thrown away each year.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    If consumers had been more mindful of their usage of plastic bags, 2.6 billion bags would not be thrown away each year.
    "If consumers were more mindful ..."
    This is present, ongoing. Whether consumers had been mindful in the past might not be relevant to whether bags will continue to be thrown out.

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    Re: ...2.6 billion bags would not be thrown/have been thrown away each year.

    Hi Raymott

    Your explanation is logical.

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