'if there were such a lot of pressure' and 'if there had been such a lot of pressure'

Honki

Senior Member
Japanese
Hi.

A grammar book of mine gives sentence (1) below:

(1) John won't finish on time, if there's (already) such a lot of pressure on him now.

This sentence includes an if-clause.

Question: What are subjunctive past/past-perfect forms of sentence (1)?

Look at sentences (2) and (3) below.

(2) John wouldn't finish on time, if there were such a lot of pressure on him now.
(3) John wouldn't have finished on time, if there had been such a lot of pressure on him at that time.

In my view, sentences (2) and (3) seem to be grammatically and semantically correct.

Will you please tell me your opinions about my view and sentences (2) and (3)?
 
  • Jimbob_Disco

    Senior Member
    British English
    (2) doesn’t seem to make much sense to me, unfortunately.
    (3) seems fine, except ‘such a lot’ - for some reason, this no longer works for me
     

    Honki

    Senior Member
    Japanese
    Thank you for your comment, Jimbob.

    Do sentences (4) and (5) below make sense to you?

    (4) John wouldn't finish on time, if there were a lot of pressure on him now.
    (5) John wouldn't have finished on time, if there had been a lot of pressure on him at that time.
     
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