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    #1

    If the OP intended to back up the operating system, s/he would have said so.

    I am starting this thread because I don't want to hijack this thread.

    1. 'If he thought it was important, he would have told you.'── written by Barb_D in this post.
    2. 'If the OP intended to back up the operating system, s/he would have said so.'── written by me in this post.

    Both are mixed conditional sentences where the if-clause and the main clause refer to the present and the past respectively. #1 must be correct. How about #2?
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    #2

    Re: If the OP intended to back up the operating system, s/he would have said so.

    Both are possible.

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    #3

    Re: If the OP intended to back up the operating system, s/he would have said so.

    They are. However, what was/is the time of the intention?

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    #4

    Re: If the OP intended to back up the operating system, s/he would have said so.

    When I wrote #2 on another forum, I was referring to the OP's intention at that time rather than an earlier time.

    'I don't think the OP intends to back up the operating system. If the OP intended to back up the operating system, s/he would have said so.'
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    #5

    Re: If the OP intended to back up the operating system, s/he would have said so.

    For an earlier time, I would still use the past perfect.

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