If there were time travel, we would have been aware of it.

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If there were time travel, we would have been aware of it.

 

Is this structure possible? I saw it in a movie but it seems like there is some mistake in the sentence.

 

But I know that the structure of "If he had taken the doctor's advice, he might still be alive." is okay to use, or I think that "If there had been time travel, we would have been aware of it." is okay to use.

 

 

So what do you experts think about the first example? Does it make sense? Thank you so much as usual and have a good day.

 

Cf. (This is the dialogue)

 

A: There is no such thing as time travel.


B: Well, there is.

 

A: No, there is not. Because if there were, a class-one senior agent such as myself would have been aware of it, wouldn't he have?

edited Oct 09 '12 at 05:07 Hans Contributor

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As far as I know, it is okay to transition tense in a sentence such as these:  

"If there were time travel, we w0uld be aware of it."

"If he had taken the doctor's advice, he would still be alive."

These are also correct.

link answered Oct 09 '12 at 04:28 mysticete Contributor

So you mean "If there were time travel, we would have been aware of it." is wrong to you? Thank you so much.

HansOct 09 '12 at 05:06

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Just to clear up the confusion:

 

No—If there were time travel, we would have been aware of it.

Yes—If there had been time travel, we would have been aware of it.

Yes—If there were time travel, we would be aware of it.

 

Yes—If he had taken the doctor's advice, he might still be alive.

link comment answered Oct 09 '12 at 06:25 Peter Guess Expert

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