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    Mr. X is offline Junior Member
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    What's the term to describe this?

    Hello Everybody!

    It appeared that the boy confessed. (simple past)
    It appeared that the boy might confess. (future in the past)
    It appeared that the boy might have confessed. (?)

    What is the term we use to describe #3. I gather they're all past forms but how would you describe it specifically?

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    Re: What's the term to describe this?

    It's the present perfect.

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    Re: What's the term to describe this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It's the present perfect.

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    'The boy has confessed' is present perfect, isn't it? Here, we have might have ... that's why I am confused.

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    Re: What's the term to describe this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. X View Post
    'The boy has confessed' is present perfect, isn't it? Here, we have might have ... that's why I am confused.
    They are both present perfect.
    "The boy has confessed". This is certain, we know that he confessed.
    "The boy might have confessed". This is uncertain, we are not sure whether he confessed or not.

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