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    Default Why we use ' would have done' on the following example?

    Hello Teachers ,

    This is my sentence:
    "That's a real old-fashioned way to deal with crime, isn't it ? it 's like what my parents would have done ! "

    Now, I want to know why the speaker used 'would have done' ?
    According to the grammar of using 'would + have + pp' : a situation in the past which the speaker knows did not 'happen'.
    But I think the speaker 's purpose is the action was done by her/his parents . isn't it

    Please help.
    Thanks in advanced.
    Sorry for my poor English.

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    Default Re: Why we use ' would have done' on the following example?

    There is no suggestion that the speaker's parent ever had to deal with a crime. The speaker is simply saying that his/her parents would have dealt with crime the same way if they had had to deal with crime at all. That is because they are talking about an "old-fashioned" way of dealing with crime, perhaps a way which would have been used when his/her parents were alive or when they were young.
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    Default Re: Why we use ' would have done' on the following example?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    There is no suggestion that the speaker's parent ever had to deal with a crime. The speaker is simply saying that his/her parents would have dealt with crime the same way if they had had to deal with crime at all. That is because they are talking about an "old-fashioned" way of dealing with crime, perhaps a way which would have been used when his/her parents were alive or when they were young.



    Thanks for your reply.
    But I couldn't understand correctly what was you saying?
    Is it possible to answer in a simple way ? Finally the usage of ' would have done ' is correct or not ?

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    Default Re: Why we use ' would have done' on the following example?

    not a teacher

    "But I think the speaker's purpose is to say that the action was done by her/his parents, isn't it?"

    No, the speaker is saying that his/her parents would have acted the same way (the old-fashioned way) if they had ever had to deal with crime.
    But, as emsr2d2 says, there is no suggestion that the parents ever had to deal with crime.

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