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    would have to talk about present

    Sometimes would have been=would be. I mean we use it to talk about present.

    "It would have been really nice to go on vacation to Australia at Christmas but I can't afford it. I'm hard pressed for money."

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    "If I'd decided to take up residence in the States, I would not have been here with you now."

    Is it more formal or colloquial?
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    Re: would have to talk about present

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Sometimes would have been=would be. I mean we use it to talk about present.

    "It would have been really nice to go on voacation to Australia at Christmas but I can't afford it. I'm hard pressed for money."

    OR

    "If I'd decided to take up residence in the States, I would not have been here with you now."

    Is it more formal or colloquial?
    Neither, just a slightly different way of looking at things.

    The first speaker is possibly thinking something like, "If I had been able to afford to go..., I would have gone, but I am hard-pressed for money ( a situation that is true around the general present, which extends back to the time of deciding not to go)'.

    The second is possibly thinking, " If I had decided... I would have missed the (later) opportunity to be (now) with you".

    In speech we often run thoughts together.

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    Re: would have to talk about present

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Neither, just a slightly different way of looking at things.

    The first speaker is possibly thinking something like, "If I had been able to afford to go..., I would have gone, but I am hard-pressed for money ( a situation that is true around the general present, which extends back to the time of deciding not to go)'.

    The second is possibly thinking, " If I had decided... I would have missed the (later) opportunity to be (now) with you".

    In speech we often run thoughts together.
    Would this sound OK?

    "I would have been catching rays in Hwai but I don't have free time now. I'm swamped with work."
    It suggests that if I'd had free time, I would have gone there at a point in the past and would have been catching sun rays at the moment of speaking?

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