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What would happen if Mark Zuckerberg was born in India?

What would have happened if Mark Zuckerberg had born in India?

Which one of these two is correct ?

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Mark Zuckerberg was born in the past, so you would use past tense:

What would have happened if Mark Zuckerberg had been born in India?

Asking what would happen if a certain event occurred means that the event hasn't happened yet.

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  • can I say, What would happen if Mark Zuckerberg stopped the facebook.
    – JN Raju
    Aug 4, 2016 at 15:02
  • Remove the word "the" and it's fine.
    – eelero
    Aug 4, 2016 at 15:06
  • ...and capitalize the word Facebook.
    – J.R.
    Aug 4, 2016 at 15:24
  • @JNRaju "stopped"? That really doesn't mean what you need it to mean... You could say "shut down"... "closed"... either would be preferable.
    – Catija
    Aug 4, 2016 at 15:35
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This one is what you typically find in your typical English grammar textbook (and that's perfect grammar):

What would have happened if Mark Zuckerberg had been born in India?

But more colloquially (daily English), you can just say:

What would have happened if Mark Zuckerberg was born in India?

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