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    could have/might have/would have

    Hello,

    Could you please check the sentence whether they are correct?

    Normally we use 'could have/might/would have' have in past.But Today I was surprised when hearing this.

    a) If I had gone to school, I would have found a jon now.

    b) You could have done my homework now.But I didn't.

    Thanks

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    Re: could have/might have/would have

    Quote Originally Posted by eliff View Post
    Hello,

    Could you please check the sentence whether they are correct?

    Normally we use 'could have/might/would have' have in past.But Today I was surprised when hearing this.

    a) If I had gone to school, I would have found a job by now.
    This is fine, and "could have found" would also be fine.

    b) You could have done my homework now.But I didn't.
    This doesn't make any sense if the whole thing is said by the same person.

    Thanks
    Why were you surprised to hear the first one?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 22-Sep-2011 at 07:39.

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    Re: could have/might have/would have

    Thank you first.I thought that we had to use 'could have/might/would have' have' with the past adverb of time.But I think that 'now' shows the term from past to now.

    Is that right?

    For example :You could have done my homework now.But you didn't.

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    Re: could have/might have/would have

    Quote Originally Posted by eliff View Post
    Thank you first.I thought that we had to use 'could have/might/would have' have' with the past adverb of time.But I think that 'now' shows the term from past to now.

    Is that right?

    For example :You could have done my homework by now.But you didn't.
    You can't use "now" with this sentence. You can use "by now".
    This also needs fixing:
    a) If I had gone to school, I would have found a job by now.
    "By now" does refer to the past.

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    Re: could have/might have/would have

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    a) If I had gone to school, I would have found a job by now.
    "By now" does refer to the past.
    Though it's a past that extends up to the present moment.

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