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    might have been a long time

    "When did you last see him?

    If you are not sure when or even If you ever saw him, can you answer like this?

    "I might have been a long time ago."

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    Can you say If you don't remember exactly when "It would have been a couple of hours ago.''?

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    You are trying to make someone recall what the weather was like on a day in the past "Well you remember anything? It would have been what a nice sunny day?''
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    Re: might have been a long time

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "When did you last see him?

    If you are not sure when or even If you ever saw him, can you answer like this?

    "It might have been a long time ago."

    OR

    Can you say If you don't remember exactly when "It would have been a couple of hours ago.''?

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    You are trying to make someone recall what the weather was like on a day in the past "Well you remember anything? It would have been what a nice sunny day?''
    Can you please say if it's possible to use it the way I suggested?
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    Re: might have been a long time possibility

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Can you please say if it's possible to use it the way I suggested?
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    Re: might have been a long time

    "When did you last see him?"

    If you are really unsure, then you can certainly say:
    "It might have been a long time ago."


    Can you say If you don't remember exactly when "It would have been a couple of hours ago.''?

    will have been implies absolute certainty, would have been a less strong certainty. So the answer to your question is yes, in most circumstances.
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    Re: might have been a long time

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    "When did you last see him?"

    If you are really unsure, then you can certainly say:
    "It might have been a long time ago."


    Can you say If you don't remember exactly when "It would have been a couple of hours ago.''?

    will have been implies absolute certainty, would have been a less strong certainty. So the answer to your question is yes, in most circumstances.
    You are trying to make someone recall what the weather was like on a day in the past "Well you remember anything? It would have been, what a nice sunny day?'' How about this at the end of my post?

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    Re: might have been a long time

    I left that last one out because I couldn't answer it! Let's try now:

    I think that if I were trying to make someone recall the weather I would say something like, " Surely you remember. It was such a nice day."

    The point is that the speaker knows what the weather was; it is the listener who doesn't. Constructions such as will/would/may/might/could have been are used to indicate the speaker's idea of the (lack of) certainty of the situation.

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