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    #1

    would not be able/have been able

    1. Had our languages not shared words, we would not be able to communicate.

    2. Had our languages not shared words, we would not have been able to communicate.

    I think the second sentence is correct. Am I right?

    Many thanks.

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    #2

    Re: would not be able/have been able

    Both are right.
    I would prefer:
    'not included shared'
    as it is not 'languages' that do the sharing but us as the users.
    However, as set out and in speech the 'included' would be implied.

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    #3

    Re: would not be able/have been able

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    1. Had our languages not shared words, we would not be able to communicate.

    2. Had our languages not shared words, we would not have been able to communicate.

    I think the second sentence is correct. Am I right?

    Many thanks.
    They are both correct.
    Sentence 1. is saying "If our languages did not have shared words, we would not be able to communicate.
    Sentence 2. is saying " If our languages had not had shared words, we would not have been able to communicate.

    Can you see the difference?

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    Re: would not be able/have been able

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    They are both correct.
    Sentence 1. is saying "If our languages did not have shared words, we would not be able to communicate.
    Sentence 2. is saying " If our languages had not had shared words, we would not have been able to communicate.

    Can you see the difference?
    The first sentence talks about what has not happened.
    The second talks about the fact our languages had shared words, and so we can communicate with one another.

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    #5

    Re: would not be able/have been able

    I'd say the 2nd talks about the past the 1st one talks about the present and maybe the future.

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    Re: would not be able/have been able

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    I'd say the 2nd talks about the past, (and)(while) the 1st one talks about the present and maybe the future.
    You are right!

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