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    Past Perfect

    Hi,

    "if i was a fish, i wouldn't get caught."

    what tense is this? and how to change it to past perfect tense?

    Thanks

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    Re: Past Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by iSergiwa View Post
    Hi,
    "if i was a fish, i wouldn't get caught."
    what tense is this? and how to change it to past perfect tense?
    Thanks

    It is a second conditional sentence, which uses the past tense in the condition and "would" in the result clause.

    If I had been a fish, I wouldn't have got (or been) caught - which makes it a third conditional sentence.

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    Re: Past Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by DavyBCN View Post
    If I had been a fish, I wouldn't have got (or been) caught
    i understand it's (literaly) in past perfect. but...

    does it make sense?

    in comprehension, what does it say?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Past Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by iSergiwa View Post
    i understand it's (literaly) in past perfect. but...
    does it make sense?
    in comprehension, what does it say?
    Thanks in advance

    It does make sense in the past perfect. Used as part of a Third Conditional sentence it expresses an unreal or hypothetical situation. It is often used to express regrets for something you didn't do in the past or didn't happen in the past.

    If I had studied Spanish when I was young, I would have been fluent by now.
    I I hadn't eaten so much, I would not have become fat.

    These are considered unreal or hypothetical because you are talking about the past - which we cannot change. Your example is a little more unreal than mine.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Past Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by DavyBCN View Post
    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Past Perfect

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