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    Sentence transformation

    I had to express this sentence in other words:

    "After the theft we made over ten calls to block Kate's bank account. I'm not sure that was necessary at all because in the end the girl said she might have left it at home."

    My version was:
    "If Kate's credid card hadn't been in the stolen bag, we needen't have made so many phone calls"
    But the correct version was with "wasn't" instead of "hadn't been".
    Could you explain to my why?

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    Re: Sentence transformation

    If Kate's card hadn't been in the bag tells us that that it was in the bag. The calls were therefore necessary.
    If Kate's card wasn't in the bag tells us that it may not have been in the bag. The calls were therefore possibly not necessary.

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