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    #1

    His fame wouldn't have sustained had he not had the charisma.

    Context: About a sport star who is still very popular.

    His fame wouldn't have sustained had he not had the charisma.
    Above 'wouldn't have' and 'had he not had' points to the past. I want my sentence to refer to even present. Please tell me how do I make it?

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    #2

    Re: His fame wouldn't have sustained had he not had the charisma.

    I don't see how you can make it refer to the present.

    But you can make it refer to the future: His fame won't sustain if he doesn't have the charisma.

    Is that what you mean?

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    #3

    Re: His fame wouldn't have sustained had he not had the charisma.

    I don't think sustain works here. Would endure​ be a better fit?
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    #4

    Re: His fame wouldn't have sustained had he not had the charisma.

    Thank you.

    'Lasted' may be better?
    And please answer the main question as well.

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    Re: His fame wouldn't have sustained had he not had the charisma.

    I agree "last" sounds better. "Endure" gives the impression that it has been a struggle to keep one's fame.

    His fame lasts as he has the charisma to sustain it.
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    #6

    Re: His fame wouldn't have sustained had he not had the charisma.


    His fame wouldn't have lasted/endured had he not had the charisma.


    Depending on context, this could refer to:

    a person in the past whose reputation endured for some time after their death,
    a person in the past whose reputation has endured to the present time,
    a person still alive whose reputation endured for some time after their departure from a position of prominence,
    a person still alive whose reputation has endured to the present time.

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    Re: His fame wouldn't have sustained had he not had the charisma.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I agree "last" sounds better. "Endure" gives the impression that it has been a struggle to keep one's fame.
    I don't feel a sense of struggle in this usage of ​endure.
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    Re: His fame wouldn't have sustained had he not had the charisma.

    He wouldn't still be famous if he were not charismatic.
    His fame wouldn't continue if he didn't have charisma.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: His fame wouldn't have sustained had he not had the charisma.

    You could also use He wouldn't still be famous/be famous today if he hadn't had/had he not had charisma.

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