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I am trying to understand what is the lexical difference between next sentences:

If I went to London, I would see the Thames

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If I had gone to London, I would have seen the Thames

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    A simple internet research for "conditional sentences" would have yielded ample results for your question. What you're looking for is Second and Third Conditionals.
    – ParaDice
    Apr 20, 2017 at 10:00
  • thanks for your advice but I am trying to translate it to my language and the translation is same for both 2 and 3 Apr 20, 2017 at 10:14

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If I went to London, I would see the Thames.

can mean two things:

1 it describes a repeated past activity.

2 it describes a non-past irrealis. The speaker is not actually going to London.

and

If I had gone to London, I would have seen the Thames.

This is a past irrealis. The person did not, in the past, actually go to London.

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Could you drop London, leave out even the river and compare only the sights? How could I would see… have the same translation as I would have seen…

(Who says the translation to your language is the same… and what is your language, please? It might make a big difference…)

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