Another sentence from my JLPT practise book, this time in a section explaining the use of
I think this sentence is saying, "My friend who was having debt problems / if I had thought about helping I could have helped / but I forgot about it."
If I'm on the right track in the meaning, then I'm not sure what
ものを is bringing to the party here.
Is this sentence equivalent:
If so, what extra meaning does
ものを have that would make one choose to use it over