Conditional Simple II + Simple Past

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Is my sentence correct?
I wouldn't have thought it was possible.
 

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Where is the conditional clause, as you wrote 'Conditional' in the thread title?
 

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I thought "wouldn't have thought" is conditional clause. Obviously that's not the case here!
 

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I wouldn't have thought it was possible.

Let me tell you what I'm trying to say with that. In the past happened an event. Back at that time I didn't think that this event would take place.
 

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Let me tell you what I'm trying to say​. [STRIKE]with that.[/STRIKE] In the past, an event happened. [STRIKE]an event.[/STRIKE] [STRIKE]Back[/STRIKE] At that time, I didn't think that this event would (ever) take place.

There's nothing wrong with "I wouldn't have thought it was possible". There is no conditional involved though.
 

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Before the event happened, I didn't think it was possible.
 

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According to Matthew, there are the following tenses involved in this sentence.
Before the event happened, I didn't think it was possible. Conditional Simple II + Simple Past

Please tell me what tenses are involved in my sentence.
I wouldn't have thought it was possible.
 

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The simple past and the modal perfect are used in Matthew's sentence and the OP's respectively.

No conditional has been used.
 

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Because Matthew is an eccentric person who sometimes talks about himself as a third person.
 
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