I heard this sentence in a TV show:
"If I would have gone back in time and did everything from the beginning, I would have given…".
Based on my knowledge when something is imaginary (like going back in time), I should use simple past in the if sentence. So, shouldn’t that sentence be like this?
If I went back in time and did everything from the beginning, I would have given…
Is there a difference between the meaning of the two sentences?
When talking about something that didn’t happen in the past, many English speakers use the conditional perfect (if I would have done) when they should be using the past perfect (if I had done). The error is often, but not exclusively, perpetrated by US speakers.
Answered by Michael Harvey on January 6, 2022
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