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    Usage of "I would have thought"

    Hello,

    I have seen people are using "I would have thought ......" without if part.

    To my understanding would have + [verb with past tense] is used for situation, that incident could happened in the past with relate to another condition (use with if clause)

    E.g I would have done that if I saw him.

    Is there a possiblity that we can use I thought.... and I would have thought..... for same simple past event.



    Appreciate your comments

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    Re: Usage of "I would have thought"

    Quote Originally Posted by Shabar35 View Post
    E.g I would have done that if I saw him.
    The third conditional should be 'I would have done that if I had seen him'.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Usage of "I would have thought"

    You might hear people say something like "Can you believe Jimmy got arrested for drunken driving? I would have thought he was smarter than that."

    There is an implied conditional in the "I would have thought..."

    If you had asked me previously, I would have thought that he was smarter than that.

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    #4

    Re: Usage of "I would have thought"

    So as per your explanation, always there should be implied if sentences relates to "I would have thought.." senetence.

    Is that right?

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    Re: Usage of "I would have thought"

    Yes. "Would have" is a conditional.

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    Re: Usage of "I would have thought"

    I am not a teacher.

    Some people who have trouble being direct may say, 'I would have thought...' when what they really mean is 'I think'.

    'I would have thought it better to do this, [but since I'm too weak to impose my will on anyone we'll do it your way]' instead of, 'I think we should do it like this'.

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    Re: Usage of "I would have thought"

    I'm not sure that this is a sign of weak will.

    I answer "I would say" or "I would suggest" with an implied conditional frequently. It seems more polite to me.
    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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