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    #1

    if I didn't open the door

    Which is correct:

    1) I stood there watching him trapped in the store. If I didn't open the door, he would stay there all night. I finally made up my mind, opened the door and let him out.

    2) I stood there watching him trapped in the store. If I hadn't opened the door, he would have stayed there all night. I finally made up my mind, opened the door and let him out.

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    #2

    Re: if I didn't open the door

    I would use #2.

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    #3

    Re: if I didn't open the door

    I think 1 would work in a narrative.

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    #4

    Re: if I didn't open the door

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1) I stood there watching him trapped in the store. If I didn't open the door, he would stay there all night. I finally made up my mind, opened the door and let him out.

    2) I stood there watching him trapped in the store. If I hadn't opened the door, he would have stayed there all night.
    I finally made up my mind, opened the door and let him out.
    Given the third sentence in each of the above, which I have coloured blue, I think #1 is more natural.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Sep-2015 at 09:08. Reason: Fixed quote box

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    #5

    Re: if I didn't open the door

    I think the conditional sentence is intended to tell what the speaker was thinking at that moment, and if the third conditional was used, it would actually tell what s/he had done, which the speaker intends to tell in the last sentence, but I am not a teacher.

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