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  • If I had won the lottery, I would be travelling the world.

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  • If I had won the lottery, I would have travelled the world.

Which one of these is correct?

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    Both are correct. It all depends what you're trying to say.
    – rjpond
    Oct 14 '20 at 19:33
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Both are correct.

If I had won the lottery, I would be travelling the world.

This means "If I had won the lottery, I would (now) be travelling the world": I'd be travelling the world now.

If I had won the lottery, I would have travelled the world.

This means "If I had won the lottery, I would have (already) travelled the world": I'd have finished travelling the world.

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  • "If I had won the lottery, I would be travelling the world" Is there any need to use 'had'? Oct 15 '20 at 7:09
  • We generally use past perfect when out of two actions it is necessary to emphasize that the preceding action was completely finished before the succeeding action started. "If I had win the lottery, I would be travelling the world" So, why shall we use a past perfect sentence in the if clause? Oct 15 '20 at 7:24
  • Well, you don't get the prize money until you have won! Oct 15 '20 at 7:37
  • "if I had won the lottery" is talking about a lottery that you have already entered but didn't win. "If I won the lottery" is talking about a lottery that you haven't entered yet or that you sometimes enter or that hasn't declared the winner yet.
    – rjpond
    Oct 15 '20 at 9:02
  • I got it. Thanks rjpond. Oct 15 '20 at 9:17

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