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What is the difference in meaning between

If I'd planted seeds in spring, I would have tomatoes now.

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If I planted seeds in spring, I would have tomatoes now.

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  • Finding errors is off-topic here. You have to ask a specific question about learning English. What do you think is the difference? Why do you doubt what you think?
    – Astralbee
    Commented Jul 5 at 7:48
  • The first one expresses a wish that you had planted some tomato seeds earlier this year. If I planted seeds in spring is a general statement that could refer to any year - it could be followed by I would have tomatoes in the summer. Commented Jul 5 at 11:21
  • The second could be an example of the first but spoken by someone who doesn't use the past perfect much in their speech. Not all native speakers use the past perfect and many of them would not do well on an ESL test that focused on that tense.
    – TimR
    Commented Jul 5 at 12:04
  • @Astralbee Certainly more explanation is needed, but there was no implication that either is in error. To Hey: you can get better answers by telling a bit more. Is there a particular meaning that you want? Commented Jul 5 at 15:59

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What is the difference in meaning between.
1.If I'd planted seeds in spring, I would have tomatoes now.
2.and - If I planted seeds in spring, I would have tomatoes now.

I. The first sentence would become third conditional with a little correction.
If I'd planted seeds in spring, I would have "had" tomatoes now. (added had).
It means spring is over and I had not planted tomatoes, so now I am regretting it.

Explanation - Ref. studysmarter.co.uk
To form the third conditional, use "if" + past perfect in the if-clause and "would/could/might have" + past participle in the main clause..
This structure describes a hypothetical situation in the past, expressing a sense of regret. For example:
"If she had studied, she would have passed the exam."

II. Second sentence is Second Conditional*.
If I planted seeds in spring, I would have tomatoes now..
It means it is impossible (maybe I don't have space) for me to plant seeds in spring but if I planted I would get tomatoes.

Explanation - The second conditional is used to imagine present or future situations that are impossible or unlikely in reality.
1.If we had a garden, we could have a cat.
2.If I won a lot of money, I'd buy a big house in the country.
The structure is usually:
if + past simple >> + would + infinitive.

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