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    would have + past participle

    Hi everyone,
    Merry Christmas. I have a question: When do we use the structure “would have + past participle?” It’s like must have + p.p or should have + p.p, but I don’t know when it is used and how.
    Thanks in advance.
    Mehdi.

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    Re: would have + past participle

    This is a conditional form and is used in conjunction with an if clause using the past perfect(pluperfect).
    If I had left earlier, I would have caught the train.
    The two clauses can be changed around in which case the comma is not necessary.
    I would have caught the train if I had left earlier.
    Frank

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