In the game Rise of The Tomb Raider, there's a mission where Lara (main protagonist) explores her parents' mansion. Her parents died when she was a child.
As she explores the possession, she recalls memories from her childhood. At some point she says (about her mom) "I wonder how my life would have been different had she lived".
Here come my questions:
Why does she say it like that? Is there any difference between what she said and "...how my life would have been different if she had lived". Why is there no IF ?
She clearly uses here third conditional which refers to past, though she's still alive. Her life is an ongoing process! I would have understood if she used "childhood" instead of "life".