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What did his support mean to you?
It really mattered, because I was devastated. I felt that I had let down the president; I possibly thought I might have wrecked the whole Peace Corps idea, and I let down my friends in the group and actually put them in some jeopardy. I’d been through quite a lot of stuff. So for him to say “we’re strongly behind you” was just amazing.
From the article above, I don't figure why "have" is there. It doesn't make it easy for me. Can't I just say "I possibly thought I might wreck the whole Peace Corps idea" ? What is the purpose of it? Could you just not explain just that sentence but explain the whole grammar related to it? Thank you very much. I really appreciate your helps in advance.
The modal might can express a present or future possibility:
I am not sure where Jean is this week. She might be in Moscow. - it is possible that she is in Moscow.
I might go to the States next year. - It is possible that I will go to the States next year.
'Might have' + third form (past participle') expresses a possibility in the past:
I might have wrecked - It was possible that I had wrecked
If I show up, I might wreck the wedding. Present action -- future implication.
If I showed up, I might have wrecked the wedding. Past action -- past implication.
I thought I might wreck (at some later time) ...
(I thought I might have wrcked (at some earlier time) ...
I agree with that. I was confused because you wrote:which it isn't,The verb "might wreck" is present tense,Actually, 'might' can have present or future implications, as I noted in an earlier post. It's the fact that 'wreck' is a dynamic verb in a non-progressive aspect that results in the future implications; compare:but because of of the modal verb "might", it has future implications.
I thought I might be wrecking (at that time) ...