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    The meaning of “would have most parents investigated”

    What is the meaning of would have most parents investigatedin the following sentence:

    He was very accident-prone child with a particular talent for head injuries that would have most parents investigated these days!

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    Re: The meaning of “would have most parents investigated”

    The kind of injuries he sustained would lead, these days, to his parents being investigated on suspicion of causing physical abuse to their child.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The meaning of “would have most parents investigated”

    Quote Originally Posted by Shamsiyan View Post
    What is the meaning of would have most parents investigatedin the following sentence:

    He was very accident-prone child with a particular talent for head injuries that would have most parents investigated these days!
    What is the meaning of "most" in the sentence .
    I ask you to explain the structure of the verb in the sentence.(Add the words deleted to the sentence.)

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    Re: The meaning of “would have most parents investigated”

    Quote Originally Posted by Shamsiyan View Post
    What is the meaning of "most" in the sentence .
    NOT A TEACHER

    If you don't know what a word means, look it up. See for example here most - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online, #1.

    In addition, starting a question with "I ask you..." is not a very polite way to ask a question. It almost seems like an order. A more polite way would be to say, "Could you please....".
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 08-Jul-2012 at 17:26.

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    Re: The meaning of “would have most parents investigated”

    Quote Originally Posted by Shamsiyan View Post
    What is the meaning of "most" in the sentence .
    I ask you to explain the structure of the verb in the sentence.(Add the words deleted to the sentence.)
    No words have been deleted from the sentence. The word "most" here means what it usually means. "The majority of parents" or "A large number of parents, but not all parents".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The meaning of “would have most parents investigated”

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    If you don't know what a word means, look it up. See for example here most - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online, #1.

    In addition, starting a question with "I ask you..." is not a very polite way to ask a question. It almost seems like an order. A more polite way would be to say, "Could you please....".
    I'm sorry, I didn't mean to be impolite.
    I want to know what is the structure “would + have + noun + past participle” in this sentence .
    Could you please explain about it?

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    Re: The meaning of “would have most parents investigated”

    Quote Originally Posted by Shamsiyan View Post
    I want to know what is the structure “would + have + noun + past participle” in this sentence .
    Could you please explain about it?
    Emsr2d explained the sentence very clearly in post #2.

    Would + have + past particle presents a situation (investigation of most parents) that is likely to result if a particular condition (child has injuries) is met.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 09-Jul-2012 at 10:16.

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    Re: The meaning of “would have most parents investigated”

    Hello.
    If you are looking for some information on "have + object + past participle", please see (definition #22): have - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com
    Good luck!

    (Edit) And one more (definition #16): http://www.learnersdictionary.com/search/have
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 09-Jul-2012 at 10:11.

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    Re: The meaning of “would have most parents investigated”

    The passive might be confusing you here.

    Authorities would have investigated most parents with children who had similar injuries (conditional part that leads to the use of "would") IF those injuries were seen in modern times.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: The meaning of “would have most parents investigated”

    In this sentence, is “most parents” subject of verb “investigate” or object?

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