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Past Perfect/Past Perfect Continuous Conditionals

Unread postby OnlineEnglish » Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:08 pm

On this page: "http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verb-tenses_sys-tense-time.htm", it says that the past perfect continuous conditional can be used to talk about the future, but does not give an option for the past perfect simple conditional: "If I had been working tomorrow, I could not have agreed." - why could one not also say: "If I had worked tomorrow, I could not have agreed." using the third conditional: "http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-conditional_4.htm" - is only the continuous form of the past perfect conditional therefore grammatically correct to use to talk in a future sense?

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Re: Past Perfect/Past Perfect Continuous Conditionals

Unread postby Josef » Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:38 am

The page you refer to (http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verb ... e-time.htm) simply lists a few examples of how different tenses can be used to talk about different times. It should not be taken as exhaustive.

However, I don't believe that the structure you propose ("If I had worked tomorrow, I could not have agreed") is possible. Even in my most fevered imagination I cannot conceive of a situation in which it could be used.
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Re: Past Perfect/Past Perfect Continuous Conditionals

Unread postby OnlineEnglish » Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:17 pm

"I cannot conceive of a situation in which it could be used." - How about someone decides to cancel a work contract and subsequently is offered an opportunity to go on holiday - surely they could then say to the inviter: "If I had worked tomorrow, I could not have agreed."?
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Re: Past Perfect/Past Perfect Continuous Conditionals

Unread postby Josef » Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:53 pm

OnlineEnglish wrote:"If I had worked tomorrow, I could not have agreed."?

That would be: If I'd been working tomorrow, I could not have agreed.
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