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fefa101
Tunisia

if
 
how can you rephrase the following  sentence starting with "If"... Thank you!!!
 - Millions of fish and other sea-related animals have died because of oil spills in the last decade.
  If ........................................................................................, ..................................................................................... 

19 May 2017      



yanogator
United States

I can īt think of any natural-sounding way to say the same thing starting with if, since "if" creates a conditional situation, and the original sentence is just a statement of fact.
 
 This might be what is intended:
If there hadn īt been oil spills in the last decade, millions of fish and other sea-related animals would not have died. 
 
Bruce 

19 May 2017     



fefa101
Tunisia

thnak you so much Bruce!! yes you are right thats why i was bit confused !!  yet your answer seems very correct and logical!!

19 May 2017     



JOHNPALMER
United Kingdom

if it hadn īt been for the oil spills over the last few decades, millions of fish and other sea-related animals wouldn īt have died.

19 May 2017     



nawfel
Algeria

It īs true ;dear yanogator that what fefa 101 has sent is a statement of a past fact, yet conditional type 3 would allow us to answer this question:What if the past was different?Indeed ,conditional type 3 is used to express a different past.

19 May 2017