LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||18/DEZ/2006 1:58 PM|
|Assunto:||Third conditional problem|
You have two options, depending on what you mean:
Second conditional (unreal present condition):
If I were in Brazil, I wouldn't do that.
In this case, it is theoretically possible to fulfil the condition. In other words, the result could happen if a present situation were different. However, because you are not in Brazil (unreal present condition), the result won't meterialize.
Third conditional (unreal past condition):
If I had been in Brazil, I wouldn't have done that.
In this case, it is impossible to fulfil the condition. In other words, you just speculate what could have happened if a past condition would have been different. You haven't been to Brazil, but you still wonder what would have happened if you had.
Note: The sentence "If I were in Brazil, I wouldn't have done that" is not correct from a grammatical point of view.
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