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egyptian2017 posted:

Without looking where he was going , the man ......... into a tree .

( would walk  -  would have walked  )

Hi, Egyptian2017: That's an interesting question. Although I am a bit more partial to "would have walked" ("Without looking where he was going, the man would have walked into a tree"), I find "would walk" acceptable as well ("Without looking where he was going, the man would walk into a tree").

With "would have walked," the sentence is semantically equivalent to a Type 3 conditional: "If he hadn't looked where he was going, the man would have walked into a tree." With "would walk," the sentence is equivalent to a Type 2 conditional: "If he didn't look where he was going, the man would walk into a tree."

What does the Egyptian Ministry of Education give as the "model answer"?

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