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I learn that if "otherwise" is used for conjunction, the sentence before "otherwise" has to be used for the future tense.
Like this 'You'd better hurry, otherwise you'll miss the train.'
There is 'will' which is the future tense.

But I saw the example on the camblidge dictionary.
Ex)They had to leave early, otherwise the children would have been up too late.

Why did they use "would have been"?

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I learn that if "otherwise" is used for conjunction, the sentence before "otherwise" has to be used for the future tense. 
Like this 'You'd better hurry, otherwise you'll miss the train.'
There is 'will' which is the future tense.

But I saw the example on the camblidge dictionary.
Ex)They had to leave early, otherwise the children would have been up too late.

Why did they use "would have been"?
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