1.if he were my brother, I would have helped him.

2.if he had been my brother, I would have helped him.

Are both sentences correct? If so, then how?

I think it's a third conditional. unreal past condition-unreal past result. but for that we should use had been not "were". I saw first one in my textbook.


Number 2.

This is an example of the third conditional:-

"The third conditional is used for situations that didn’t happen in the past and their imaginary results"


What textbook are you using?

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  • it's in my english tuition textbook. – Manish Kumar Balayan Dec 18 '18 at 15:41
  • What's the name of the book? – Jonathan Race Dec 18 '18 at 16:08
  • It is kind of a local grammar book published by my english language teacher. – Manish Kumar Balayan Dec 18 '18 at 16:30

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