I’m reading a French novel (No and I) in English and I came upon this sentence:
I was concentrating so hard that it took me a while to realize that someone was tapping me on the shoulder. A mammoth could trample over my feet at times like these and I wouldn’t even notice. I turned round.
If we add « even if » to the second sentence, which tense will we need to use?
- Even if a mammoth trampled over my feet, I wouldn’t notice.
- Even if a mammoth would trample over my feet, I wouldn’t notice.
The second one sounds wrong to me but I am not a native speaker. For me, it sounds like a hypothesis (in the imaginary case/scenario that…), like "if I were rich," and so should not take "would." However, looking up online (on The British Newspaper The Guardian) I have found sentences like:
Are there different meanings to « even if » here: hypothesis? Concession?