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    A small translation assistance.

    Hello, I'm trying to translate this sentence so it makes sense in English but I think the tenses had me confused.

    если бы я смогла отослать вам письма вы бы их получили
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    If I could send you letters, you would have received them.

    Thanks in advance for any feedback you can give.
    Чистая, полная печаль так же невозможна, как чистая и полная радость.

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    What about this one?
    -If I could have sent you the letters you would have received them (by now).

    I think that your translation would be correct if the original sentence was as follows:
    -Если бы я могла отослать вам письма, вы бы их получили.

    смогла is normally used when you are talking about the past.
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    Johan. Ur so lucky. U live in Brisbane? My Girlfriend lives in Lismore... If only i lived in brisbane i would only have to drive 2 hours to see her... not fly 13 =(.
    Вот это да, я так люблю себя. И сегодня я люблю себя, ещё больше чем вчера, а завтра я буду любить себя to ещё больше чем сегодня. Тем что происходит,я вполне доволен!

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    Thanks for that ReDSanchous. I'm was actually trying to translate that for a Russian friend because she was confused with the English tenses. I thought, "No worries, I'll help her out!" Then I realised, I was confused with the Russian tenses !!!
    Чистая, полная печаль так же невозможна, как чистая и полная радость.

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    Dogboy: If only i lived in brisbane i would only have to drive 2 hours to see her... not fly 13 =(.
    Well Dogboy, I am looking for a flatmate!!
    Чистая, полная печаль так же невозможна, как чистая и полная радость.

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