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Mixed Conditionals – Form and Use

Sometimes unreal conditional sentences are mixed. This means that the time in the “if” clause is different than the time in the “result” clause. Have a look at the examples below.

Present result of a past condition
[If + Past Perfect] + [would + infinitive]

If we had tested the software properly, it wouldn’t have so many bugs.
If they hadn’t met at university, they wouldn’t be married now.

Past result of a present/general condition
[If + Past Simple] + [would have + past participle]

If I were better at Python, I would have programmed it myself.
If we didn’t have to work so much, we would have taken a day off yesterday.