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Is "he would have come" past tense of "He will come" or "He would come" ?
In the three sentences below,
1.He will come.
2.He would come.
3.He would have come (If he hadn't been busy).
Is 3 past tense of 1 or 2?
As I know, 2 has less chance(70~90%) than 1(90~100% probability),
so does 3 reflect the past of 1 or 2? I mean does 3 have 70~90% or 90~100%?
What is the function of "would" in "would have come"? Is it merely a presumtion or both presumtion and willingness?.
I mean if the below is true.
1.He would have come = He probably tried to come.(presumtion+willingness)
2.He would have come = He probably came.(presumtion only)
I hope someone can understand my question. Thank you!
Re: Is "he would have come" past tense of "He will come" or "He would come" ?
In my examples below, I use 'I' to refer to the speaker.
Originally Posted by keannu
'He will come.'
I am certain about his future coming.
He is willing to come in the future.
I insist on his future coming.
He insists on coming as a matter of habit, or on a future occasion.
That's four different possible meanings with just 'will' - no 'would', 'have', or 'if''.
It's impossible to answer your questions briefly when we have just short examples and no context.
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