I always come across this kind of sentences. What kind of conditonal should I use when I want to talk about the "possible result of an imagined situation in the past".
I don't understand why we don't use past perfect in these sentences since these sentences questioning something that was might or might not have been in the past. These questions refer to the past.
As far as I understand American speakers don't usually use "past perfect" in conditional sentences, even though those sentences refer to the past. They just use past simple. Am I right?
1-What if she did find a life at that convent ? (The subject doesn't know if she found a life at that convent or not . This action of "finding a life" happened or didn't happen in the past so the subject is just curious about it right now . Because the subject is investigating a crime right now )
2-What if they wanted to protect her ? (The subject doesn't know if they wanted to protect her or not in the past. The subject is just curious about it right now . Because the subject is investigating a crime right now. )
I think these sentences should be like this:
1'- What if she had found a life at that convent?
2'- What if they had wanted to protect her?