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pancakes

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french / France
Hey,

I have a doubt on my sentence :

If they would had developed industries earlier, nowadays the country would not be so poor

Is that good?
 
  • jemappellekelly

    Senior Member
    English & Français
    My try: If they had developed industries earlier, the country would not be so poor today.

    I'm wondering if there is a better word for industries. Or maybe a qualifier to add to it.
     

    hopelesslinguaphile

    Member
    English - England
    If they had developed industries earlier, nowadays the country would not be so poor.
    I think it's always best to go by your French rules:
    si+imperfect, conditional
    si+pluperfect, conditional perfect
    si+present, future.
     

    Bronwyn

    New Member
    Canada, English
    Bonsoir Pancakes, (c'est le soir au Canada) :)

    The correct sentence would be: "If they had developed industries earlier, nowadays the country would not be so poor."

    It's almost an exact translation from French: If they had developed= S'ils avaient développé.

    In informal conversations, it is also possible to use "would have" where a plus-que-parfait is technically grammatically correct: "If they would have developed...." But this should only be used for informal conversations, never for formal writing.

    Either way, "would had" is never used.

    I hope this helps!
     
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