Let's say your friend got into trouble yesterday because one of his co-workers was bullying him for no good reason, so your friend punched his co-worker on the face. A day has passed, then you just told to your friend this:

If that happened to me, I would do it too (choice#1)

If that had happened to me, I would have done it too (choice#2)

Are they both valid to use in this situation OR I should use only one of the these two?

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Both are valid and appropriate in terms of time reference, and both are grammatically correct. The second is far too florid for everyday discourse, though; in normal speech, the perfect is seldom used unless it is absolutely necessary.

  • Are you an aussie? Your word usage is like that...
    – John Arvin
    Oct 6, 2018 at 8:32
  • @JohnArvin Nothing antipodean about me, nope. Oct 8, 2018 at 3:23

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