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    Past tense

    Hi guys,

    I have 1 more question,

    Are "might" and "might have done" or "would" and "would have done" interchangeable when we are talking about the past, I often use might have done or would have done, when talking about the past, so could you please tell when we have to use "would or might" instead of "might have done or would have done" when talking about past.

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    Re: Past tense

    I am not a teacher.

    There are so many possibilities that it is impossible to answer that question without writing a treatise on the subject.

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    Re: Past tense

    It is difficult to answer questions about modals without actual examples, but, in general, I don't consider "would" and "might" to be interchangeable. I most cases, "would" expresses a stronger possibility than "might".

    If I saw him, I would tell him off. (for certain)
    If I saw him, I might tell him off. (maybe)

    Had I won the lottery, I would have bought a new car. (high level of certainty)
    Had I won the lottery, I might have bought a new car. (less certainty)

    This probably has arisen because of the relationship of "would" to "will" and the relationship of "might" to "may".

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