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    To Have Pleased Me Better

    "It would have been better If you had never been born," said Lear, "than not to have pleased me better"

    Can you explain "to have pleased me better/ to have verb3" here?

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    Re: To Have Pleased Me Better

    '...not to have pleased me better...' = 'not to have pleased me more than you have'.

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    Re: To Have Pleased Me Better

    I meant why "to have + verb3" why not "to + verb1"

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    Re: To Have Pleased Me Better

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    "It would have been better If you had never been born," said Lear, "than not to have pleased me better"
    King Lear is unhappy with his daughter. Very unhappy.


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    Re: To Have Pleased Me Better

    I am not asking the meaning

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    Re: To Have Pleased Me Better

    Are you asking why the present perfect is used rather than the present simple?

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    Re: To Have Pleased Me Better

    sir, it is "if conditional (past tense)" right? if you use if for past, you have to apply would have + V3 and past perfect. pls correct me sir!

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    Re: To Have Pleased Me Better

    sir, it is "if conditional (past tense)" right? if you use if for past, you have to apply would have + V3 and past perfect. pls correct me sir!

    "It would have been better' present perfect 'if you had never been born' past perfect
    'not to have pleased me better" present perfect.

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    Re: To Have Pleased Me Better

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Are you asking why the present perfect is used rather than the present simple?
    Yes, to have + verb3 used because of the sentence was made up by the present perfect tense ?

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    Re: To Have Pleased Me Better

    1/."than not to have pleased me better"

    This has a meaning different from;

    2/.'to please me better'

    2/; is now, at this moment, nothing that went before is relevant.

    1/. is all the time up to and including now.

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