Suppose someone says that they were not prepared enough to get into a university, but the university (say Harvard for example) still accepted them. How to deny this claim by using conditionals? Something like this:
You are being overly modest. If you weren't prepared for Harvard, you wouldn't be able to take away anything from the class on nuclear physics and other advanced classes.
(If it matters, consider 2 contexts. Context A: that person has already taken nuclear physics. Context B: the person is taking nuclear physics now.)
First of all, what's the correct conditional structure? Is the above correct, or should it be "I you hadn't been prepared,..." and/or "you wouldn't have been able to..."?
Second, is the expression "take away" (knowledge, in this case) used properly? (I'm not talking about just passing a class, but rather about "taking away" something useful from there.)
And are there other mistakes in the above "denial"?