"Se nós tivéssemos conversado, nós não estaríamos nessa confusão."

Translation:If we had talked, we would not be in that mess.

May 30, 2014



For me the translation in English should be "If we had spoken, we would not have been in that mess". Am I wrong?

May 30, 2014


When you put it like that, at least I get the impression that we've now left that mess/confusion, but the Portuguese phrase talks about a mess that we are in now. I think it's better to write "If we had spoken, we would not be in this mess."

October 30, 2014


They prefer literal translations... but yes! That's right too!

May 30, 2014


For me "If we had talked, we would not be in this mess" (ie, use this, not that) sounds best.

I know you must be right, but to me, LukaszBerez's version needs something like "teríamos estado" to work. What am I missing?

May 30, 2014


Actually, in Portuguese we would say that the way Duo shows us...

May 30, 2014


I agree with Davu.

Teríamos estado = would have been
Estaríamos = would be

May 30, 2014



DL's sentence and translation are mixed conditionals: past condition with present result.

"If" clause: If we had spoken (se tivéssemos conversado)

"Result" clause: we would not be in that mess (não estaríamos nessa confusão).

Your translation is a past condition with a past result.

May 23, 2017


OK, so what is the past tense of estaríamos? Just so I can see the difference.

December 19, 2017


Past condition with past result:

Se tivéssemos conversado, não teríamos estado nessa confusão.

December 20, 2017


What's wrong with "conversed"?

November 20, 2015


Type 3 hypothetical period in English can also be formed using the infrequent (but correct! - I use it often in spoken English with no issues at all) form "had + subject + past participle". In this case "had we talked, we would not..." is a valid translation.

May 23, 2017


Frustrating. The direct translation this things want would be “if we had conversed we wouldn’t be in this confusion”

July 17, 2019
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