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    Confused about the If-Would Sentence in the Past Tense

    So I'm editing my novel for, I don't know, the 30th, 40th time? Again, grammar issues always seem to trip me up. Can't seem to find a clear answer using Google. Frustrated.

    My story is in the past tense.

    Is any of the following wrong? Are there differences in meaning?

    1. If the city was not so bright, there would be more stars.

    2. If the city were not so bright, there would be more stars.

    3. If the city were not so bright, there would have been more stars.

    4. If the city had not been so bright, there would have been more stars.


    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    ETA (to clarify the sentences' meaning):

    1. If the city was not so bright, I would see more stars.

    2. If the city were not so bright, I would see more stars.

    3. If the city were not so bright, I would have seen more stars.

    4. If the city had not been so bright, I would have seen more stars.
    Last edited by LAgrunion; 01-21-2013 at 06:50 PM.

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