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Because I didn't leave home earlier, I have missed the first part of the play. #1 (permalink) Sat Jul 23, 2016 16:47 pm   Because I didn't leave home earlier, I have missed the first part of the play.
 

.......home earlier, we wouldn’t have missed the first part of the play.
a)We had left
b)If we left
c)Had we left (Answer Key)
d)Had we not been

Source: school exam

Hello,
I say to myself that B is also correct. This is my analysis:

If we left home earlier = we didn't leave home earlier
we wouldn't have missed the first part of the play = we have missed the first part of the play

So => Because we didn't leave home earlier, we have missed the first part of the play.

Why can't B work?

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Because I didn't leave home earlier, I have missed the first part of the play. #2 (permalink) Sat Jul 23, 2016 18:51 pm   Because I didn't leave home earlier, I have missed the first part of the play.
 

Incorrect tense.
B would have to be

If we had left home earlier... in order to be correct.
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Re: Because I didn't leave home earlier, I have missed the first part of the play #3 (permalink) Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:05 am   Re: Because I didn't leave home earlier, I have missed the first part of the play
 

Sb70012 wrote:
.......home earlier, we wouldn’t have missed the first part of the play.
a)We had left
b)If we left
c)Had we left (Answer Key)
d)Had we not been

Source: school exam

Hello,
I say to myself that B is also correct. This is my analysis:

If we left home earlier = we didn't leave home earlier
we wouldn't have missed the first part of the play = we have missed the first part of the play

So => Because we didn't leave home earlier, we have missed the first part of the play.

Why can't B work? B is acceptable.

Thank you.
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Because I didn't leave home earlier, I have missed the first part of the play. #4 (permalink) Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:53 am   Because I didn't leave home earlier, I have missed the first part of the play.
 

If we'd/ we had left home earlier...
is the only option with the second phrase, set in a time past.

'If we left home earlier...' works with future phrases such as '... we could have a meal before the play starts.
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