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    Simple past-past perfect

    "It is probable that if his parents.....him that much, he....so successful. "

    The answer is "hadn't supported/wouldn't have been". Why I can't use simple past in here?

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    Re: Simple past-past perfect

    What do you think the simple past of "wouldn't have been" is?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Simple past-past perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What do you think the simple past of "wouldn't have been" is?
    I meant simple past for the first blank, why can't it be "didn't support/wouldn't be" ?

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    Re: Simple past-past perfect

    The answer that you said in post #1 was the correct one makes sense. It means that they supported him in the past and he was as successful as he was as a result of that support. I would also assume that the support came before the success.

    This version; "It is probable that if his parents didn't support him that much, he wouldn't be so successful." puts it all into the present, even with the use of the simple past. It means that they are supporting him now and he's currently enjoying his success. Furthermore, if you want to describe this situation in the present it would be better to say, "...if his parents weren't supporting him...".
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    Re: Simple past-past perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Proficiencystudent View Post
    The answer is "hadn't supported/wouldn't have been".
    Was that an MCQ (multiple-choice question)? If so, what were the other choices?

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