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    Judy......sick if she had not eaten the leftovers

    1. Judy......sick if she had not eaten the leftovers of the meal from yesterday.

    My answer is : won't get
    Model answer is : would not have got

    2. How embarrassing ! All my pants ....out when I was about to carry my suitcase.

    My answer is : had fallen
    Model answer : fell

    I don't understand my mistakes. Can anyone help?
    Many thanks.

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    Re: Discussion of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    1. Judy......sick if she had not eaten the leftovers of the meal from yesterday.

    My answer is : won't get
    Model answer is : would not have got.
    The words I have underlined are about a counterfactual past condition - Judy did actually eat the leftovers. The counterfactual result of her hypothetical non-eating requires the 'would not have got' construction.

    2. How embarrassing ! All my pants ....out when I was about to carry my suitcase.

    My answer is : had fallen
    Model answer : fell.
    The 'being about to carry' and 'falling out' happened at the same time. The same past tense, past simple is appropriate for both.
    Last edited by Piscean; 27-May-2017 at 15:14. Reason: typo

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    Re: Discussion of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The words I have underlined are about a counterfactual past condition - Judy did actually eat the leftovers. The countefactual result of her hypothetical non- eating requites the 'would not have got' construction.

    The 'being about to carry' and 'falling out' happened at the same time. The same past tense, past simple is appropriate for both.
    Is it possible that you make another sentence with the same the counterfactual past condition under a hypothetical situation so I can understand better.?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Judy......sick if she had not eaten the leftovers

    Ju, note that I have changed your thread title. Titles should include some/all of the words/phrases you are actually asking us about.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Discussion of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Is it possible that you make another sentence

    If Clinton had won the election, she would have become the first female president of the USA
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    She did not win the election; she did not become the first female president of the USA.

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