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    There is no way

    Had it not been for your help, there is no way I would have finished the project on time.

    Hi,
    The above is an example from a grammar book for high school kids here. I think it should be "had ... , there was no way I would have finished ... on time." Am I right? Thanks,

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    Re: There is no way

    No. The present simple is correct. Had it not been is a subjunctive, not a past perfect.
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    Re: There is no way

    Whether you think of it as a subjunctive or not, it is still a past perfect form.

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    Re: There is no way

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The present simple is correct.
    The sentence refers to the past, so why should 'was' not be used?
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    Re: There is no way

    Quote Originally Posted by LewisJian View Post
    Had it not been for your help, there is no way I would have finished the project on time.
    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The sentence refers to the past, so why should 'was' not be used?
    Let's rephrase the thought: If it hadn't been for your help, I could not possibly have finished on time. The second clause in my rewrite is in a past form. Nevertheless, was doesn't work for me in the original sentence. There is no way isn't necessarily placed in time. You can use it for present, past or future:
    If we go to Colorado next week, there's no way I will be ready to move.
    I'm so far behind, there's no way I can finish today.
    He was in Texas. There's no way he could have been at the scene of the crime.

    I'm afraid I can't put my finger on the reason why, but the OP's sentence doesn't work for me with ​was.
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    Re: There is no way

    Thanks to all.
    Btw, is it all all right if I replace "there's no way" with "in no way?"

    Had it not been for your help, I would have finished the project on time in no way.

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    Re: There is no way

    No

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    Re: There is no way

    Quote Originally Posted by LewisJian View Post
    Thanks to all.
    Btw, is it all all right if I replace "there's no way" with "in no way?"

    Had it not been for your help, I would have finished the project on time in no way.
    No, but you could rephrase the sentence Had it not been for your help, I would never have finished the project on time.
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    #9

    Re: There is no way

    Quote Originally Posted by LewisJian View Post
    Had it not been for your help, I would have finished the project on time in no way.
    Would it be correct if the above is rewritten as below?
    Had it not been for your help, I could in no way have finished the project on time.
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    Re: There is no way

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Would it be correct if the above is rewritten as below?
    Had it not been for your help, I could in no way have finished the project on time.
    That's possible but not terribly natural.
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