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    Default would have vs could (in a specific sentence)

    hey there,

    take a look at this one

    "simon is moving to hawaii"
    "who ____ it!"

    a. would have believed (correct)
    b. could believe

    can smn explain the difference plz

    thnx

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    Default Re: would have vs could (in a specific sentence)

    "Simon is moving to Hawaii."
    "Who ____ it!"

    a. would have believed (correct)
    b. could believe

    Simon is moving. Stated another way, 'Simon is going to move.' The confusion comes from the notion that the moving will be in the future (possibly the present, but not likely it's happening at this very moment, so we can disregard that). So why would the correct response be in a past tense?

    It's because the hearing and the believing of this news would happen in the past. The news would have been delivered in the past (before the actual move) and so the believing (or rather, the not believing) referenced would also have happened in the past- before the example exchange.

    Timeline:

    >---Simon decides to move---Simon announces he will move---believe/not believe the news---example exchange---Simon moves->

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    Default Re: would have vs could (in a specific sentence)

    Quote Originally Posted by lux aeterna View Post
    hey there,

    take a look at this one

    "simon is moving to hawaii"
    "who ____ it!"

    a. would have believed (correct)
    b. could believe

    can smn explain the difference plz

    thnx
    Please do not use text-speak in your posts and do use correct capitalisation. You have been asked before.

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    Default Re: would have vs could (in a specific sentence)

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Please do not use text-speak in your posts and do use correct capitalisation. You have been asked before.
    I had posted this question before you asked me to use appropriate capitalisation.

    What is "text-speak"?

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    Default Re: would have vs could (in a specific sentence)

    Quote Originally Posted by lux aeterna View Post
    I had posted this question before you asked me to use appropriate capitalisation.

    What is "text-speak"?
    In your original post, you typed the following:

    can smn explain the difference plz

    thnx


    That is all an example of textspeak - it's where words are abbreviated simply to use fewer character when sending a text message (SMS). However, it is not appropriate on a forum for English learners as beginners might read your post and think that these words are spelt correctly.

    You should have typed:

    Can someone explain the difference please?
    Thanks.

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