Author Topic: something written in the past perfect tense that did not happen  (Read 286 times)

Offline JTL

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I know that the third conditional is for talking about something in the past that did not happen.
To use that, we change the past tense to past perfect tense for the if clause, like this:

The fact: He came to my house so I talked to him.
Third conditional: If he had not come to my house, I would not have talked to him.

The simple past tense "came" is changed to the past perfect tense "had not come".

But, what if the factual sentence is written in the past perfect tense, how do you make a conditional expression out of it?

She had gone to bed when I came home so I did not discuss the matter with her.
If she had not gone to bed when I came home, I would have discussed the matter with her.

Is the sentence in bold correct?

Thank you in advance!



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Re: something written in the past perfect tense that did not happen
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2019, 11:32:24 am »
Yes it is :)
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Re: something written in the past perfect tense that did not happen
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2019, 10:34:33 am »
Thank you Duncan for your confirmation!

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Re: something written in the past perfect tense that did not happen
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2019, 04:37:04 pm »
On reflection - before would be better than when - but when is OK
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Re: something written in the past perfect tense that did not happen
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2019, 10:59:17 pm »
On reflection - before would be better than when - but when is OK

Oh, indeed before sounds better here!  :)