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    Modal Vebrs in Hypothetical past

    Hello Friends,

    I have a few queries concerning conditional clauses.

    Here is a sentence.

    If she would have agreed I might have married her.(Hypothetical past)

    In this sentence, what does the if- clasue ('If she would have agreed' ) denotes? Does it denote willingness(volition) of the person I wanted to marry?

    What is the difference between the first sentence and this sentence?

    If she had agreed I might have/would have married her.


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    Re: Modal Vebrs in Hypothetical past

    The difference is that the second sentence is grammatically correct, not the first.
    'would' is used in the hypothetical as in:
    I would have married her if she had agreed.

    If she had agreed, I would have married her in a shot(=without delay).

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