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In on of the grammar books I found a question:

運転して( )、急に車の前へ犬が飛び出してビックリした。
1)いるなら 2)いれば 3)いても 4)いたら

The correct answer is marked as 2. Is it correct? I have never seen 〜ば used in such way, the only examples I see on the internet are like:

30分前に出発すれば良かったのに

Is it possible there is a mistake in that book?

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The correct answer is #4 「いたら」, not #2 「いれば」. You would say:

運転していたら or 運転していると、急に車の前へ犬が飛び出してビックリした。

運転しているなら(#1)/いれば(#2) would be like "if I am/was driving", and 運転していても(#3) would be like "even if I was driving". 運転していたら(#4) can mean either "if I was driving" or "when I was driving" (Here it means the latter). I think いたら sounds a bit more casual than いると.

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