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    Your condition would be much worse if your leg were amputated.

    A friend of mine broke his leg in a traffic accident.

    He was sad. One of our mutual friends consoled him, saying, "You have not lost your leg. Your condition would be much worse if your leg were amputated." He felt better on hearing this.

    I wonder whether our friend should have said, "...Your condition would have been much worse if your leg had been amputated."

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Your condition would be much worse if your leg were amputated.

    I think the intended meaning was 'Your condition would be much worse if your leg had been amputated.'
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    #3

    Re: Your condition would be much worse if your leg were amputated.

    Almost. Instead say:

    Your condition would be much worse if your leg had been amputated.

    See?

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    #4

    Re: Your condition would be much worse if your leg were amputated.

    Not fair, Matthew! You type faster than I can.


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    #5

    Re: Your condition would be much worse if your leg were amputated.

    I can touch-type. Can you?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Your condition would be much worse if your leg were amputated.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I can touch-type. Can you?
    Not on this thing I'm using. I have to punch one key at a time. (While it's literally true that you can type faster than I can, I was, of course, kidding.)

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    Re: Your condition would be much worse if your leg were amputated.

    How about Things would be (much/far) worse if you'd had your leg amputated or It could be worse/It's not so bad- you could have had your leg amputated? In many cases, someone's condition could be better after amputation.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I can touch-type. Can you?
    I type with boxing gloves on.

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    Re: Your condition would be much worse if your leg were amputated.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I was, of course, kidding.
    I knew, of course.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I type with boxing gloves on.
    Kidding too?
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    Re: Your condition would be much worse if your leg were amputated.

    Yes, he really does type with boxing gloves on. (Now who's kidding?)


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    Re: Your condition would be much worse if your leg were amputated.

    You.
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