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''The local people would be much poorer if oil had never been discovered.'' or

''The local people would be much poorer if oil has never been discovered.'' ?

I would write - has never been discovered. Would that be correct?

Thank you in advance.

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ChloeeI would write - has never been discovered. Would that be correct?
No. That would be wrong. Emotion: sad

CJ
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Hello Mr. CJ,

Should the sentence be written as follows?

"The local people would have been much poorer if oil had never been discovered"

Thanks
AnonymousShould the sentence be written as follows?

"The local people would have been much poorer if oil had never been discovered"
Yes. Exactly.

CJ