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Dear all,

I would like to know whether the underlined sentences are correct.

1.Early detection of cancer is most important. Right now the disease is less scary the treatment is actually more frightening and painful. "If it were detected early, the cost of treatment would have been less. It would also have been a lesser painful treatment," Sonali said Saturday at the fifth International Conference, organised by Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organisation (CAHO).

Is it ok if I correct the above underlined sentences as follows:

"If it were detected early, the cost of treatment would be less. It would also be a lesser painful treatment,"


Thanking you.

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If that is what Sonali said, then what can we do? Your version is wrong. I suspect he meant "If it had been detected early, the cost of treatment would have been less. It would also have been a less painful treatment"

Dear Cat Navy,


How about

"Were the cancer detected early, the treatment would have been less costly and less painful."

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"If I were, I would ...." is an unreal conditional construct used in hypothetical context. If I were his boss, I would fire him right now.

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