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    Nathan Mckane is offline Member
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    would have

    Would you please tell me why the phrase ''would have'' hase been used in the following sentence?

    There cant be any milk left - I would have seen it in the fridge.

    thanks.

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    Re: would have

    If there is any milk left in the fridge, then I would be able to see it.

    Past tense: If there was any milk left in the fridge, then I would have seen it.

    There cant be any milk left - I would have seen it in the fridge. Meaning, if there was any milk there, then you would have seen it.

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    Re: would have

    I would have seen it- this is used because I didn't see any milk when I went to the fridge earlier, so I am sure that there isn't any.

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