English Grammar

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Please explain the difference between the following:

"IF I WERE THERE,I WOULD NOT ACCEPT THEIR INVITATION"

"IF I HAD BEEN THERE, I WOULD NOT ACCEPT THEIR INVITATION"
 

RonBee

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The first one has to do with the present, and the second one has to do with the past.

(Say: "If I had been there I would not have accepted their invitation.")

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Tdol

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The first could also refer to an unlikely future event. ;-)
 
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