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Hi, DT—In that sentence, "to simply refuse" can be changed to "to have simply refused." The sentence will still mean the same thing, but the perfect infinitive will highlight the counterfactual meaning.

If you make the change, the verb phrase "try again next year," with which the verb phrase "refuse to fund it" is coordinated, will need to be changed to "to have tried again next year."

  • It would almost have been preferabe for them to have simply refused the to fund it and to have tried again next year.
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