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  1. vaibhavmaskar
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    might have been

    "Whoever's fault the accident might have been," it certainly wasn't mine.

    1.Accident might have been done by whoever's fault,..., Is this same meaning of above marked sentence?

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    Re: might have been

    No. Your sentence is not correct English.

  3. vaibhavmaskar
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    Re: might have been

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No. Your sentence is not correct English.
    Sir could you explain in another way?

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    Re: might have been

    The original means roughly "I don't know whose fault the accident was, but I do know it was not mine".

    ps. There's no need for 'sir' or 'madam' in this forum. We are all teachers and/or learners together.

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    Re: might have been

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No. Your sentence is not correct English.
    Hi, 5jj. Can you further expand on this comment?

    It seems to me 'might have been' here is used to suggest a possible event in the past, as in It must have been his fault?

    Whatever nonsense the paper print, some people always believe it. I have read this sentence from OAED. It seems the structure of the sentence given by the thread starter looks like it.

    As a result, the sentence seems to me to be a correct one.

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    Re: might have been

    When I said 'your sentence is not correct English', I was referring to 'Accident might have been done by whoever's fault,...,'.

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