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I would really appreciate it if someone could provide me with some feedback on the following sentence as I used third conditional, when and "I think" together which is not precisely sure.


For example, if there had been adequate facilities in the reception area when the customer came last week, I do not think, he would have complained about it and decided to find another technical partner instead of us.

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In respect of your main point, the sentence is OK.

The comma after "think" is incorrect and should be deleted.

What do you understand or intend "it" to refer to?

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Everything else in the sentence is within the scope of the "I think", the negation having been transferred to the main clause as "I do not think", so the whole third conditional is intact as "if there had been ..., he would not have complained ...", which has the standard tenses for a third conditional, so you're OK on that. The sentence is fine.

Here's what I mean by that:

I think [if there had been ..., he would not have complained ...]
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I don't think [if there had been ..., he would have complained ...]
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If there had been ..., I don't think he would have complained ...

As for the 'when', it introduces a factual past, not an imagined past, so you don't need 'when the customer had come in last week'. What you have is fine.

CJ

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Thank you very much for the answer. In fact, what I wanted to mention by "it" was the fact that there wasn't adequate facilities in the reception.

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Thank you very much for the answer. However, I couldn't understand the concept that you needed to express with "when the customer had come in last week". I think there might be something that I don't know about third conditionals. Therefore, I would really appreciate it if you could explain that further.

dileepa

Thank you very much for the answer. However, I couldn't understand the concept that you needed to express with "when the customer had come in last week". I think there might be something that I don't know about third conditionals. Therefore, I would really appreciate it if you could explain that further.

You had "if there had been ...", a past perfect tense.

Your mention of the when-clause led me to believe that you thought you had to match the tense in the when-clause to the tense in the main clause that it was attached to. (Students do ask about this quite often.) I'm just telling you that you do not have to do that. You don't have to write "when the customer had come in ..." just because you wrote "if there had been".

Now it appears that you did not mention the when-clause for that reason, so what I explained was something you did not want explained or did not need to be explained. Emotion: smile

CJ

Ok I got it. Thank you very much for the answer.

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