posted by rfvv .
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.)
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.