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@deepcosmos posted:

1) Are you also thinking of 'would have been' as a future of the past?

I'm thinking of it as a hypothetical future from a past perspective.

@deepcosmos posted:

2) Did you use 'If it is true' to say 'a possible future event', not 'something unreal' (something that is unlikely or impossible)?

No. I used it as a metatextual reference to "the first vampire came into existence that day and bit one person a month." Let's see if this helps:

- According to the legend, the first vampire came into existence that day and bit one person a month. If the first vampire actually came into existence that day and bit one person a month (if we consider that as a fact), then there would have been two vampires by Feb. 1, 1600.

@deepcosmos posted:

By the way, Gustavo, if I think the tense simplification has been applied in if clause (instead of 'had come'), thus, resulting in a mixed conditional, does it make sense?

Yes, you can say:

- If the first vampire had come into existence that day and bitten one person a month, then there would have been two vampires by Feb. 1, 1600.

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