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Hi.Can you please explain the diffrence beetween following sentences?
1) If it weren't for your help, I would be unemployed now.
2) If it hadn't been for your help, I would have been unemployed now.
I think that the person told this sentences is not unemployed at the moment so what is the diffrence?
"If it were (not)...." is subjunctive mood for hypothesizing the contrary situation http://www.grammar-monster.com/gloss...ctive_mood.htm
"If I were angry, I would hit you."
"If it had (not) been...." is past perfect form used for discussing a past situation that had ended.
"I had been drinking beer, so I had fallen asleep in front of the TV."
Such tense and mood grammar questions are quite advanced and you need a good teacher or reference book to assist.
I agree that there's not a huge difference- I would say that the third conditional version focuses more on the past, but the result is the same, as long as they're talking about the same situation, which the word now suggests is the case.