I have/had to work instead.

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birzo

Senior Member
Swedish
"I would have studied English if I had gone to school, but I have/had to work instead." Are both "have" and "had" correct tenses in this sentence ?
 
  • exgerman

    Senior Member
    NYC
    English but my first language was German
    I would be studying English, but I have to work instead<----describes what is true right this very minute.

    I would have studied English, but I had to work instead<---describes a past situation. It could describe a short-term event (what happened yesterday for example) or a long-term event (you weren't able to study English at school because you had to go out and get a job for financial reasons)
     
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