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    He (would, might) have gone abroad

    Can we say "He would have gone abroad" in this case? "would" is a stronger certainty than "might", doesn't it make sense?

    ex)I haven't seen Jack for years. He (would, might) have gone abroad.

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    Re: He (would, might) have gone abroad

    Keannu,

    Might.
    For, basically, the same reasons as in my previous post.

    John

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    Re: He (would, might) have gone abroad

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    Keannu,

    Might.
    For, basically, the same reasons as in my previous post.

    John
    ex1)A : We invited some celebrities to our party tonight
    B : That would be fun.(presumption)
    I think "would" has the meaning of presumption as in the above example, but maybe in the past form, it's used as a part of conditional meaning either presumption or counterfactual element.
    ex)A: We invited some celebrities to our party last night
    B :Wow! If I had gone, I would have seen them!
    Doesn't this "would" have any kind of presumption?

    By the same token, I roughly guessed,(though I was a little confused), "would" in "He would have gone abroad" has the meaning of presumption. Is it only conclusive utterance?

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