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    If Napoleon had not invaded Russia ...

    I am writing a historical paper and I would like to ask if my sentence is correct.

    If Napoleon had not invaded Russia, we would have lived in an entirely different world now.

    Or should I use:

    If Napoleon would not invade Russia, we would be living in an entirely different world by now.


    Which of the sentences is correct? What is the grammatical difference between them?

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    Re: If Napoleon had not invaded Russia ...

    Welcome to the forum.

    I'd use the second. Alternatively, I might use "... we would live in an entirely different world now".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: If Napoleon had not invaded Russia ...

    If Napoleon hadn't invaded Russia, we would (now) be living in an entirely different world.

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    Re: If Napoleon had not invaded Russia ...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post

    I'd use the second.
    Are you sure? If Napoleon would not invade Russia ... ?

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    Re: If Napoleon had not invaded Russia ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Wieniawa View Post
    I am writing a historical paper ?
    No. You are writing a history paper.

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    Re: If Napoleon had not invaded Russia ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Are you sure? If Napoleon would not invade Russia ... ?
    Oops!

    I failed entirely to notice that the start of the sentence had changed. I thought we were simply choosing between two endings. Let me clarify. I would say:

    If Napoleon had not invaded Russia, we would live/be living in an entirely different world now.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: If Napoleon had not invaded Russia ...

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    If Napoleon hadn't invaded Russia, we would (now) be living in an entirely different world.
    I would use had not rather than hadn't in a paper.

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    Re: If Napoleon had not invaded Russia ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Wieniawa View Post
    I am writing a historical paper...
    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. You are writing a history paper.
    Unless he's really good!

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    Re: If Napoleon had not invaded Russia ...

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    Unless he's really good!
    And dead for a long time.

    Usage Note: Historic and historical have similar, though usually distinct, meanings.Historic refers to that which is associated with significant events in history: the historic first voyage to the moon. Thus, a historic house is likely to be of interest not just because it is relatively old, but because an important person lived in it or was otherwise associated with it. In contrast, historical refers more generally to that which happened in the past, regardless of significance: a minor historical character in the novel, the historical architecture in the center of town. These distinctions are not always observed, however, and a historic tour of a city might include the same sights as a historical tour. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the context makes the intended meaning clear.

    https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/se...tml?q=historic

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