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1. If they failed to light the lanterns, they were fined heavily.

2. If they failed to light the lanterns, they would be fined heavily.

(Would you explain the difference between #1 and #2? Thank you. Have a good time.)

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    1 is stating a fact.

    I think 2 is supposed to be factual, too, but the use of "would" is not quite correct, since that's an auxiliary verb that should be used for possibilities, not facts.

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