This is a very similar question to the last one(see here:Tense usage in an imaginary discussion), but this time I have problems with imaginary situations in the past
When I chat with my friends, we often come up with imaginary situations. What if the situation happened in the past, should I use past perfect subjunctive mood?
Can I just keep everything in simple present tense like "will", "can", ....?
I have to use "would have", "could have" and verbs in the form of “had + past perfect form” because of past perfect subjunctive mood or something?
I have to use "would", "could" and verbs in past tense?
Down below are two examples.
(My friend and I are talking about a training I did two days ago, but he didn't go with me.)
At the time, you would find me to be very strong.
At the time, you would have found me to be very strong.
Or simply just say it in the present tense.
At the time, you find me to be very strong.
The second example: (My friend and I are talking about Arnold)
Imagine you had trained with Arnold during his peak career time in 1970. You had had difficulties to lift heavier weights. He had shared his experiences with you to help. Wouldn’t it have been so lucky to have the best bodybuilding legend as your training partner?
Should I write sentences like that, or it is ok to use simple past tense or present tense instead?