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  1. aachu's Avatar
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    were+ should have been

    In talking about a situation where including a player 'x' in the team was discussed 10 years back, one of the coaches justifies his decision of not including' x' in the team then by saying (10 years later):
    "At that time I thought that if 'x' were to be included in the team then ' y' and 'z' should have also been included because they had performed better than 'x'."

    Shouldn't it have been ' if 'x' were to be included... then 'y' and 'z' would also be included--the "If+ past + would" structure?

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    Re: were+ should have been

    No. Using would would imply causality, as if including y and z became necessary once x was chosen.
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