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    #1

    would like + perfect infinitive vs. would like + infinitive

    I would like to live in the eighteenth century.

    I would like to have lived in the eighteenth century.

    What is the difference between these two sentences, please?

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    Re: would like + perfect infinitive vs. would like + infinitive

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    The first sentence makes little sense because you can't go back in time. It only works IMO if you can actually go back in time, so I can imagine it being said in a movie or in a fiction book. The second sentence is fine in my opinion.

    By the way, your first sentence is similar to, 'I'd like to play golf yesterday'. It just can't be done, unless you have a time machine.

    Let's see if there are other opinions.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 11-Aug-2012 at 18:39. Reason: sentence --> sense

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    Re: would like + perfect infinitive vs. would like + infinitive

    "...little sense", CS!

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    Re: would like + perfect infinitive vs. would like + infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    The first sentence makes little sense because you can't go back in time. It only works IMO if you can actually go back in time, so I can imagine it being said in a movie or in a fiction book. The second sentence is fine in my opinion.

    By the way, your first sentence is similar to, 'I'd like to play golf yesterday'. It just can't be done, unless you have a time machine.

    Let's see if there are other opinions.

    Thank you,
    to summarize it: we use 'would like' + 'perfect infinitive' to talk now about things we wanted to do on the past.

    BTW: Teachers have never explained this to us, so I considered the first sentence correct by the time I got your answer.

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    Re: would like + perfect infinitive vs. would like + infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    Thank you,
    to summarize it: we use 'would like' + 'perfect infinitive' to talk now about things we wanted to do on the past.

    BTW: Teachers have never explained this to us, so I considered the first sentence correct by the time until I got your answer.
    Bhai.

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