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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    people would not have minded buying them

    The tickets were quite expensive, so if they had cost less, people would not have minded buying them.

    I don't like the bold part at all but I can't come up with a good substitution. What would you suggest?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: people would not have minded buying them

    The tickets were quite expensive. More people would have bought them if they had cost less.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: people would not have minded buying them

    Is it OK to say '... if they had cost less, people would not have balked at the price'?

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    Re: people would not have minded buying them

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Is it OK to say '... if they had cost less, people would not have balked at the price'?

    Not a teacher.
    I do not think that is natural, there are too many negatives.

    The tickets were quite expensive. People get put off by the price.

    not a teacher

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    #5

    Re: people would not have minded buying them

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    there are too many negatives.
    Only one, not too many.
    Not a teacher.
    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I do not think that is natural, there are too many negatives.
    Is it a comma splice?
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 26-Apr-2015 at 08:55.

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    #6

    Re: people would not have minded buying them

    Yes, it is.

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