and wouldn't <catch><stand a chance of catching> the 6:30 train

JJXR

Senior Member
Russian
Hello to all,

Thanks for reading my post.


Context:

The speaker and his/her companion have managed not to miss the last bus and are now on their way to the railroad station. The speaker says the sentences below at 5:30.

Sample sentences:

1. If we had missed this last bus, we wouldn't be arriving at the railroad station in time and wouldn't catch the 6:30 train.

2. If we had missed this last bus, we wouldn't be able to arrive at the railroad station in time and wouldn't stand a chance of catching the 6:30 train.

Question:

Do the bolded tenses that I've used work in this case?


Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

Regards,
JJXR
 
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    Senior Member
    American English
    Neither is natural for me:

    If we had missed this last bus, we wouldn't arrive at the railroad station in time and wouldn't catch the 6:30 train.
    If we had missed this last bus, we wouldn't arrive at the railroad station in time to catch the 6:30 train.
     

    Orble

    Senior Member
    Australian English
    For me not only is the choice of words unnatural but the sentence construction is completely unnatural too. I’d say something like,

    If we’d missed this last bus we’d never get to the station in time to catch the 6:30 train.​
     
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