I have a question regarding conditional sentences, as far I know the “third conditional” is used when we’re talking about a condition from the past that never actually happened after all. For example:
- If she had come home early, she would have gotten to meet him.
In this example, the person did not get home early so she did not get to see whomever she had been wanting to see.
But what about the cases where it’s uncertain whether that if clause’s condition had ever ended up getting fulfilled or not?
If in the example sentence it had not been known whether she had come home early — maybe she did, maybe she didn’t, but we don’t know — what then would have been used in place of If she had come home early, given how that particular construction would clearly imply that she had not come home early and we want to allow for doubt about that?