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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    If the ban on selling ivory hadn't been imposed

    1) If the ban on selling ivory hadn't been imposed, all elephants would have been annihilated.

    I do doubt that the aformentioned sentence is correct. I think the tense are wrong, I wrote the sentence though.

    It's just an assumption but I have a feeling that the following is better:

    2) If the ban on selling ivory hadn't been imposed, all elephants would be annihilated.

    I'm really confused with this one.
    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: If the ban on selling ivory hadn't been imposed

    I actually prefer #1.

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    #3

    Re: If the ban on selling ivory hadn't been imposed

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    1) If the ban on selling ivory hadn't been imposed, all elephants would have been annihilated.

    I do doubt that the aformentioned sentence is correct. I think the tenses are wrong but I wrote the sentence. though.

    It's just an assumption but I have a feeling that the following is better:

    2) If the ban on selling ivory hadn't been imposed, all elephants would be annihilated.

    I'm really confused with this one.
    #1 is better, as teechar said. Both refer to a past situation. The second part implies "all [the] elephants [in the region/world] would have been annihilated [by now]".

    Note my corrections above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: If the ban on selling ivory hadn't been imposed

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I actually prefer #1.
    Does this mean #2 is also acceptable?
    I thought #2 is not correct.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: If the ban on selling ivory hadn't been imposed

    Read post #3.

    It's not so much that the second sentence is wrong, but it says something entirely different from the first one.
    Last edited by Tarheel; 20-Feb-2016 at 05:27.

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