Third conditional?

Hello, i just want to know if the following sentence is correct:

"If we hadn't saved you, you'd be one of them right now."

Shouldn't it have been "If we hadn't saved you, you'd have been one of them right now."?


2 Answers

  • 2 months ago
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    the first is acceptable, but you could also say "if we had not, you would have become one of them BY now."  The idea of the first is that the thing is a permanent condition once it happens, so saying "right now" is fine (it does not matter that the actual event of change happened in the past because whenever it happens, you then become permanently the thing from that time until now and presumably into the future).

    If you want to say "you'd have been" then you cannot use "right now".  right now is present, but "You'd have been" is past.  they do not belong together.

  • Guber
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    The first one's better.

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