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Which of the following sentence is correct or both of them are correct?

  1. If i were a bird, i had flown in the sky.

  2. If i had been a bird, i had flown in the sky.

Also please tell how to express the imaginative past continuous situations.

example:

  1. I would have carried my bag , if i were going to market.

I think the above sentence is incorrect after the "IF" clause

Then what would be the correct answer?

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Which of the following sentence is correct or both of them are correct?

1.If i were a bird, i had flown in the sky.

2.If i had been a bird, i had flown in the sky.

Neither of these are correct. The correct formulation would be "If I were a bird, I would fly in the sky." This is for an imaginary present situation. If you are looking for an imaginary past situation, the correct forumlation would be, "If I had been a bird, I would have flown in the sky."

Also please tell how to express the imaginative past continuous situations.

*example: *

1.I would have carried my bag , if i were going to market.

This should be expressed as, "I would have carried my bag if I had gone to the market."

EDIT: Sorry, I misread your question for the last part. You are asking about imaginary past continuous situation. That case would be, "I would have been carrying my bag if I had been going to the market."

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