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    must have, would have

    Hello,

    Is this combination right when a person is addressing another: John must have been ill, or he would have won. (though conversations are present tense, I am assuming this is right)
    (and)
    Again, in conversation: John will change things in ways you could never have expected. (can 'will' be followed by 'could' like this? Or, must it always be 'would' followed by 'could'?

    Mr. X

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    Re: must have, would have

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. X View Post
    Hello,

    Is this combination right when a person is addressing another: John must have been ill, or he would have won. (though conversations are present tense, I am assuming this is right)
    (and)
    Again, in conversation: John will change things in ways you could never have expected. (can 'will' be followed by 'could' like this? Or, must it always be 'would' followed by 'could'?

    Mr. X
    They are both correct.

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