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Hi. Do you think this example is future in the past? Do you think it works? I made it up myself.
[Now is at 1 pm and they made the decision to stay at home for the whole day at 7 am] (the speaker said at 1 pm) If they hadn’t made the decision to stay at home for the whole day at 7 am, they would have had the chance to watch the street show at 7 pm.

Thank you.

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zuotengdazuoDo you think this example is future in the past?

No.

zuotengdazuoDo you think it works?

Yes.

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zuotengdazuoDo you think this example is future in the past? Do you think it works? I made it up myself.[Now is at 1 pm and they made the decision to stay at home for the whole day at 7 am] (the speaker said at 1 pm) If they hadn’t made the decision to stay at home for the whole day at 7 am, they would have had the chance to watch the street show at 7 pm.

I wonder what prompted you to interpret the sentence If they hadn’t made the decision to stay at home for the whole day at 7 am, they would have had the chance to watch the street show at 7 pm as the one with the future-in-the-past form in it.

Does it have something to do with your native tongue?

Thank you both.

But why isn’t my example future in the past? Their watching the street show is in the future in relation to when the speaker uttered the example sentence, but the possibility of watching has been cancelled at 7 am, which is in the past relative to the utterance. That’s why I think it is future in the past.

And what conditional will you consider as (unrealized) future in the past?

zuotengdazuo

Thank you both.

But why isn’t my example future in the past? Their watching the street show is in the future in relation to when the speaker uttered the example sentence, but the possibility of watching has been cancelled at 7 am, which is in the past relative to the utterance. That’s why I think it is future in the past.

And what conditional will you consider as (unrealized) future in the past?

I understand the future-in-the-past form as the one referring to the real actions in the past, not to the unreal (unfulfilled) ones.

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zuotengdazuoBut why isn’t my example future in the past?

It would require a grammatical process whereby plain future-in-the past "they would have the chance" can turn into conditional "they would have had the chance". I don't think such a process exists. Because "would" already occurs in the plain form, I don't think we can create a conditional "would" form. "they would have had the chance" is something different.

An alternative formulation of future-in-the-past, "they were going to have the chance", can in principle have conditional form "they would have been going to have the chance", but it is awkward.