Hello. Could you help me?
The following sentence is third conditional.
- If the wheel hadn't been invented, the world would have been very different now.
However, some colleagues say that it's wrong and it must written "mixed conditionals like that: - If the wheel hadn't been invented, the world would be very different now.
Which one is correct, please?
Thank you.

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Hi, Ahmed,

Ahmed Imam Attia posted:

Hello. Could you help me?
The following sentence is third conditional.
- If the wheel hadn't been invented, the world would have been very different now.
However, some colleagues say that it's wrong and it must written "mixed conditionals like that: - If the wheel hadn't been invented, the world would be very different now.
Which one is correct, please?
Thank you.

I prefer to see it as a third conditional sentence, without 'now'. When you see the link below, you will see that the original source of this sentence doesn't include 'now'.

https://books.google.com.eg/bo...very+different+now.+

However, I agree with your colleagues that inserting 'now' would mean that you are thinking about a present state 'counterfactual', and that would require 'would + inf.' For example:

1. A: How different the world would have been if the wheel hadn't been invented?

B: Many inventions wouldn't have come into existence. (An answer that has to do with the past 'counterfactual').

2. A: How different the world would be now/today, if the wheel hadn't been invented?

B: I would have more trouble getting to many places. (An answer that has to do with the present 'counterfactual'). 

 

 

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