得閒人 asked in 社會及文化語言 · 1 decade ago

can I use ”studied” instead of ”had studied” in ?

We would have passed if we had studied harder.

**** the above sentence is in subjunctive mood

**** an explanation: It is a IF conditional clause that expresses an imagined condition, in which we use "had". IF we HAD studied harder (past perfect to indicate an imagined condition), we would have passed (possible outcome).

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  • 1 decade ago
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    No, you cannot use 'studied' instead of 'had studied'.

    This is a 'if' conditional clause to describe things that were not true in the past.

    From the sentence, we know that they did not studied harder in the past. That is why they have not passed.

    Use past perfect tence in the conditional clause and 'would + present perfect tense' in the main clause.

  • lesley
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    1 decade ago

    PAST PARTICIPLE is used when the action described is 仲耐過 past tense.

    We would HAVE passed if we HAD studied harder.

    study-->pass

    study 先過 pass

    Source(s): me
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