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Which statement would be more preferable

" Had it not been him, it would be more complicated."

or :

" Had it not been him, it would've been more complicated." ?

Thank you.

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The first statement refers to the impact that "his involvement" makes on a future situation.

The second statement refers to the impact that "his involvement" made on a past situation.

So, imagining that "he" had been involved in a traffic accident, with the insurance still to be resolved, and he is able to facilitate things, it would be more complicated without his involvement.

If the insurance had already been resolved with his assistance, it would have been more complicated without his involvement.

It is simply a question of context, not of correctness or grammar.

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  • Ronald....please tell...I think, in the first example, it should be: "If it was not him,it would be more complicated without his involvement." Commented Apr 28, 2019 at 14:01
  • @PrernaKrishna Your suggested sentence is NOT an improvement but a change. It is saying something different. Commented Apr 28, 2019 at 15:22
  • @PrernaKrishna The comments section can't be used for discussions on related issues. You need to phrase your thoughts as a separate question. Commented Apr 28, 2019 at 22:38
  • Actually I didn't understand the first example given by OP, therefore I asked you to explain it please. Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 4:47

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