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    Question Question of conditionals

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    1) Am I right that here in conditional clause we use past perfect tense because the action that «I had got paid» is complete and occurred just before «could have travelled»?

    If had gotten paid, we could have travelled together.

    2) If I’m right then why sometimes we can see sentences where instead past perfect the simple past is used in conditional clause. Like in this sentence(it should be begun from «If I had had» instead «If I had»):

    If I had millions dollars, I'd give a lot to charity.

    This way I would appreciate for difference when we must use Past perfect and when Simple past when we construct conditional sentences.
    Thank you.

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    Re: Question of conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by Kolridg View Post
    1) Am I right that here in conditional clause we use past perfect tense because the action that «I had got paid» is complete and occurred just before «could have travelled»?

    If had gotten paid, we could have travelled together.
    No. The past perfect in an if-clause indicates that the situation referred to did not occur. The speaker did not get paid.


    The past simple in a clause about present or general time indicates that the situation does not occur. The speaker does not have a million dollars.

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    Re: Question of conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by Kolridg View Post
    1) Am I right that here in conditional clause we use past perfect tense because the action that «I had got paid» is complete and occurred just before «could have travelled»?
    I think a conditional should not be used if an action has really occurred.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Question of conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by Kolridg View Post
    Good day.

    1) Am I right that here in conditional clause we use past perfect tense because the action that «I had got paid» is complete and occurred just before «could have travelled»?

    If I/we/you had gotten paid, we could have travelled together.

    2) If I’m right then why sometimes we can see sentences where instead past perfect the simple past is used in conditional clause. Like in this sentence(it should be begun from «If I had had» instead «If I had»):

    If I had millions of dollars, I'd give a lot to charity.

    This way I would appreciate for difference when we must use Past perfect and when Simple past when we construct conditional sentences.
    Thank you.
    You might be interested to see the full set of rules regarding conditional sentences here: http://www2.estrellamountain.edu/fac...nditionals.htm

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    Re: Question of conditionals

    That gives a sound basic overview, but is far from the full picture. This article and those following it go into more depth

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