I need clarification on a coditional sentence

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I need clarification on a coditional sentence

Postby DmitryL » Tue May 01, 2012 11:07 am

Hello,
While reading a detective story I found out this sentence: "I don't know. But if I had to guess, it would be somewhere around seven thirty". I wonder wheather this sentence is correct?
Shouldn't it be like this "...But if I had to guess, it would have been.... ". If both phrases are appropriate, is there any major or slight meaning difference between them?
Thanks a lot,
Dmitry.

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Re: I need clarification on a coditional sentence

Postby Josef » Wed May 02, 2012 6:24 am

"What time does the train leave today?"
"I don't know. But if I had to guess, it would be somewhere around seven-thirty." :ok:

"What time did the train leave yesterday?"
"I don't know. But if I had to guess, it would have been somewhere around seven-thirty." :ok:


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