Consider the following sentence. I want to talk about something in future which is related to something in the past! Unfortunately the thing in the past did not happen and therefore in future it will not have impact. Is this a correct use case for mixed conditional sentence?

If there had been ample affordable housing, the rent level will have been much lower this time next year.

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    "...the rent level would have been lower..." Jul 19, 2021 at 16:00
  • You have to use would, as Kate suggested because the events in question never happened. Jul 19, 2021 at 16:48
  • I think "...would be..." fits better than "would have been", especially when it's rearranged so the reader already understands the unusual timeline when we hit that verb: "*If there had been ample affordable housing, this time next year the rent level would be much lower (than it's going to be)."
    – gotube
    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:07
  • Please pay attention that I am talking about a future time! I want to say that next year the rent level will be lower. It does not refer to present if I say "would"??
    – a.toraby
    Jul 20, 2021 at 8:43


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