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    Question Would / Would have pp

    Hello everybody,

    I have some problem to understand the true usage of “would” and “would have pp”. I have already reviewed many forums and websites, but I have not managed to come to any conclusion.I have some problem to understand the true usage of “would” and “would have pp”. I have already reviewed many forums and websites, but I have not managed to come to any conclusion. For instance, in these sentences:

    1- People in the area had never seen this phenomenon before, but they also reported that there less mosquitoes than they would have expected, given the amount of standing water.
    • Why “would have expected”? And to be precise: Why not “would expect”?


    2- Another reason to use a hybrid formant is when you want to highlight skills and achievements from earlier in your career that would otherwise be buried at the bottom of the second page of your resume
    • Why “would be buried”? And to be precise: Why not “would have been buried”?


    3- Without SuperM, I would never have trusted my memory to keep a word for 10 days.
    • Why “would never trusted”? And to be precise: Why not “would never trust”?v People in the area had never seen this phenomenon before, but they also reported that there less mosquitoes than they would have expected, given the amount of standing water.
    • Why “would have expected”? And to be precise: Why not “would expect”?


    Please forgive me if my question is a bit basic.

    Thanks in advance for your kind helps.

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    Default Re: Would / Would have pp

    Your question is not at all "a bit basic". It is advanced and subtle.

    Would have + past participle is the past conditional, preferable when one is talking about the past. Just would + bare infinitive is preferable when the present or future may be involved. But in everyday usage this distinction is often blurred and I would be loath to say that someone who substituted the latter for the former was wrong.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Sep-2013 at 08:17. Reason: Fixing typo

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