A -- Jim has been abducted, we need to rescue him B -- It's too risky, we I can't go. A -- But he would have done the same for you.
- I don't know how to conceptualise this construction.
So what I think this grammar asks me [I'll put myself in B's shoes for a moment] to do is to imagine an alternate reality where I'm abducted and Jim comes to save me. And now I make this imaginative framework a past seen from the present and then I can say "right, If something like this had happened, Jim would have saved me" and yet it's still speculation which is why I say "would have".
pretty sure this is nonsense but maybe it will shed some light on my confusion
- Also, why not use there the 2nd conditional (if you were abducted, Jim would do the same for you [rescuing]). Is it precluded by the fact that Jim couldn't perform that act because his trapped himself?