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    To have done it

    Hi,

    Is this sentence correct, "We were very small to have done it" is this sentence correct, if yes, then is it a formation that can be used only with the past tense or can it be used with the present as well. Please tell.

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    #2

    Re: To have done it

    What do you mean I stole the money? I'm too honest to have done that!

    Does that answer your question?
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: To have done it

    But I still hold you to have done that, because you are not as honest as you profess to be.

    Not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: To have done it

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    What do you mean I stole the money? I'm too honest to have done that!

    Does that answer your question?
    It doesn't because it uses 'too', not 'very'. You'd need to write "I'm very honest to have done that", which is incorrect.

    @OP "He was very young to have started university" is OK, and so is "He was too young to have started university". But the meanings are different. The original doesn't sound natural. But yes, there's no reason you can't use that construction in the present tense, as in "We are very small to be competing in the Tallest Couple competition."

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    Re: To have done it

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You'd need to write "I'm very honest to have done that", which is incorrect.
    Will it be correct if "honest" is replaced with "greedy"?

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    #6

    Re: To have done it

    Not to me.

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    #7

    Re: To have done it

    "Yesterday I helped the police catch a thief, I am very happy to have done so."
    How about this?

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    #8

    Re: To have done it

    If you fix the comma splice with either a conjunction or changing the punctuation, then it's fine.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #9

    Re: To have done it

    The conjunction is "and"; the punctuation is "semicolon", correct?

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    #10

    Re: To have done it

    Yes, or a full stop and starting a new sentence.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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