Can we use perfect in 'if clause type 2' sentences?
Can we use perfect in 'if clause type 2' sentences? E.g. 'If I had known he were in hospital right now, I would by him some fruits'
I saw it in Murphy blue grammar book.
May 7, 2018 6:46 AM
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Yes, as Murphy says, you can certainly mix conditionals. However, the example you gave doesn't really make any sense.  In this scenario, both clauses should refer to past time time : "'If I had known he was in hospital, I would have bought him some fruit".  You didn't know he was in hospital and you didn't buy any fruit - both refer to past time, not present. The fact that he is still in hospital at the moment is irrelevant:  the statement refers to your ignorance of his hospitalisation and your failure to buy fruit, both of which  'occurred' in the past.
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