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    #1

    "were" or "had been"?

    Hello, teachers!

    I'm in trouble with the following question:

    1. If I ( were / had been ) you, I wouldn't have said such a thing to her.

    Are both (were and had been) possible as the answers to #1?

    If not, would you please explain why to me?


    Thank s in advance.

    yam.

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    Re: "were" or "had been"?

    This is a third conditional - something which did not happen. The past perfect "had been" is approppriate.

    You use "were" for a hypothetical scenario.
    Last edited by tedmc; 06-Mar-2017 at 10:55.
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    Re: "were" or "had been"?

    I would use 'were', and it will be a mixed conditional.
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    Re: "were" or "had been"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I would use 'were', and it will be a mixed conditional.

    That would be a rather confusing sentence in terms of time reference.

    It should be either "If I had been you, I wouldn't have said..." (hypothetical past), or "If I were you, I wouldn't say..." (hypothetical present)

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    Re: "were" or "had been"?

    The mixed conditional should be correct according to the threads below:

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...l=1#post930696
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...=1#post1255676
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    #6

    Re: "were" or "had been"?

    I'd use a mixed conditional to illustrate a present hypothetical result of a past hypothetical action.

    If the ambulance hadn't arrived so quickly, she wouldn't be alive now.

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