In the following quiz I replied with ‘...solamente hubiéramos llegado...’ and it was marked as incorrect. The required answer was just ‘hubiéramos llegado’. Was I in fact wrong to include ‘solamente’? Is the ‘if only’ implied here?
Si ________ a tiempo. If only we had come on time.HINT: Conjugate "llegar" in El Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto de SubjuntivoGracias a todos
Yes, exactly; the "only" is implicit in "Si..."
They reason why we've translated it as "If only..." is because this type of hypothetical sentences with Si+pluperfect subjunctive, expresses something "impossible to happen". We think "if only..." in English conveys that impossibility.
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