If the US <were to follow> it <would have had to vote>

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Hello to all,

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World Bank's $3.75bn coal plant loan defies environment criticism

Sample sentence:

"I am not going to give them points for abstaining. This was totally the easy way out," said Karen Ornstein of Friends of the Earth. "If the US were to follow its own clean coal guidance for multilateral development banks it would have had to vote no on this loan."


Do the bolded tenses work in the sample sentence?

Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

  • se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I would not have written this: I think “were to follow” leads us to expect a type 2 “open” conditional but “would have had” suggests it is a type 3 closed conditional. I suspect that Karen Ornstein would not have written it either, and that this was a slip of the tongue.
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