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  1. B45
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    If he had known in the beginning when we signed the contract that he wasn't going to

    Talking about business contract:

    If he knew in the beginning when we signed the contract that he wasn't going to do any of the work, why did he commit to the company?

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    If he had known in the beginning when we signed the contract that he wasn't going to do any of the work, why did he commit to the company?

    Are both okay?

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    Re: If he had known in the beginning when we signed the contract that he wasn't going

    I prefer the second (past perfect), but because there are other timing clues in the sentence, the simple past would also work for me.

    I think both would work just as well without "in the beginning".

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    Re: If he had known in the beginning when we signed the contract that he wasn't going

    I am not a teacher.

    For me, the first sentence implies that he did know and it then shows surprise that despite this knowledge he still committed to the company.

    The "If he had known..." of the second sentence implies that he didn't know, so I wouldn't expect it to be a question.

    If he had known when we signed the contract that he wasn't going to do any of the work, he wouldn't have committed to the company.

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    Re: If he had known in the beginning when we signed the contract that he wasn't going

    Both start with "if". I don't get that distinction at all.

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