Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    2,367

    would be/would have been offended

    I don't know why so many people were offended by my remark. If I had known they would be, I would have said 'crying in a helicopter' instead of a BMW.

    I believe the speaker should have said 'would have been offended' to be consistent with 'had known'. I think without 'offended' the phrase is wrong. Am I correct?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Rover_KE is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    32,113

    Re: would be/would have been offended

    You can use either
    If I had known they would be
    or
    If I had known they would have been
    , but you don't need to repeat 'offended'.

    Rover

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    167

    Re: would be/would have been offended

    I disagree--these people were offended, so it's not a hypothetical. The way it's originally written is correct.
    1) People were offended
    2) I failed to predict that they would be offended
    3) If I had predicted their offense, I would have done things differently.
    Put it all together as, "If I had known they would be offended..."

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •