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    which included

    "A noun phrase which included all these types would be extremely rare."
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    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/about-adjectives-and-adverbs/adjectives-order)

    Why did they use the past form of "include"? Does this have something to do with unreal conditional?

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    Re: which included

    Basically, yes. The use of the past tense reduces its likelihood. Think of it as:
    If a noun phrase included all these types, it would be rare.

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