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  1. Newbie
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    It would have been if it could have been

    I seem to remember from somewhere something like "It would have been if it could have been", meaning that "If it's possible, it would have had happened". However, I couldn't google any quote similar to that. So I feel like it may not be correct to say that in the first place. How would a native speaker say it?

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    Re: It would have been if it could have been

    Quote Originally Posted by wanglihua View Post
    I seem to remember from somewhere something like "It would have been if it could have been", meaning that "If it's possible, it would have had happened". However, I couldn't google any quote similar to that. So I feel like it may not be correct to say that in the first place. How would a native speaker say it?
    I found many sentences that are similar to your rephrased meaning. Your use of "it's" is the wrong tense. To set up a hypothetical or something contrary to fact, you need to start with "If it were possible".

    See sentences here: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22I...sm=93&ie=UTF-8

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    Re: It would have been if it could have been

    Mike, good to see you here. Last time I had your help on this forum, it was almost 10 years ago. I haven't been here for so long that I forget my old account's password, but I do remember this ID of yours.

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    Re: It would have been if it could have been

    Quote Originally Posted by wanglihua View Post
    Mike, good to see you here. Last time I had your help on this forum, it was almost 10 years ago. I haven't been here for so long that I forget my old account's password, but I do remember this ID of yours.
    Welcome back to the Forum!

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