If you really wanted to stop it, you would have left it by now."

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tufguy

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Jack: I want to stop smoking.

John: This is what I have been hearing for a few months. You don't want to quit it. If you really wanted to stop it, you would have left it by now.

Please check my sentences especially this one "If you really wanted to stop it, you would have left it by now."
 

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Jack: I want to stop smoking.

John: This is what I have been hearing for a few months. You don't want to quit. [STRIKE]it.[/STRIKE] If you really wanted to, [STRIKE]stop it,[/STRIKE] you would have [STRIKE]left it[/STRIKE] by now.

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I'm sure we've had this conversation before. We don't use "leave/left" when we are talking about "quitting" or "giving up" a habit. We use quit/give up/stop.

If you really wanted to stop smoking, you would have [done it/done so] by now.
If you really wanted to quit smoking, you would have [done it/done so] by now.
If you really wanted to give up smoking, you would have [done it/done so] by now.
 

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Leave is not a synonym of quit when you are talking about stopping. You can quit or leave a place or a job, but you don't use leave for quitting smoking.
 
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