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IELTS Speaking / Grammar: a mixed conditional

Somebody asked me about this sentence from last Friday's speaking lesson:

  • There would be no computer programmers if the computer hadn't been invented.

The student asked me why I didn't follow the normal third conditional 'rule' and write "there would have been" instead of "there would be"? Did I make a mistake?

The answer is no, I didn't make a mistake. I wrote a mixed conditional sentence on purpose. Can you see why? I'll explain in tomorrow's lesson.

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