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    Unreal conditions

    Hi,

    I need some help with the following:

    A) If I had known,I would not be here.

    Unreal 1: Subject + would ('d) + verb + other words +
    if + subject +
    past verb + other words



    B) If I had known, I would not have been here.

    Unreal 2: Subject + would have ('ve) + past
    participle + other words if + subject +
    had + past participle + other words.



    So does that mean had known in the first sentence is an auxiliary verb ?

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    Re: Unreal conditions

    I think 'had known' is the past perfect with 'had' and 'known' being the auxiliary verb and the main verb respectively, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Unreal conditions

    A) If I had known, I would not be here.
    Had is an auxiliary verb used in the construction of the past perfect.
    Would is a modal (auxiliary) verb.
    Known and be are full verbs.

    B) If I had known, I would not have been here.
    Had is an auxiliary verb used in the construction of the past perfect.
    Would is a modal (auxiliary) verb.
    Have is an auxiliary verb used in the construction of a perfect infinitive,
    Known and been are full verbs.

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    Re: Unreal conditions

    Quote Originally Posted by gurpreetgill4u View Post
    had known in the first sentence
    I think it is in the if-clause instead of the first sentence, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Unreal conditions

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think it is in the if-clause instead of the first sentence, but I am not a teacher.
    It is in the if-clause in the first sentence.
    It is in the first sentence.

    I don't see how it can be in the if-clause instead of the first sentence.

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    Re: Unreal conditions

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It is in the if-clause in the first sentence.
    It is in the first sentence.
    It is in both sentences, so I thought the OP did not have to specify which one, but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I don't see how it can be in the if-clause instead of the first sentence.
    'In the if-clause' can be used instead of 'in the first sentence' in the OP's question.

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