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    Modal auxiliaries in the past

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    I came across the grammar of modal auxiliaries in the past in Oxford American Headway book. But I'm not sure about the meaning of this example:

    You met a man with a moustache? That would have been my uncle Tom.
    It won’t have been Peter you met at the party. He wasn’t invited.


    Thank you for any help you can provide.
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    Re: Modal auxiliaries in the past

    Quote Originally Posted by PooMer View Post
    Hi
    I came across the grammar of modal auxiliaries in the past in Oxford American Headway book. But I'm not sure about the meaning of this example:

    You met a man with a moustache? That would have been my uncle Tom.
    It won’t have been Peter you met at the party. He wasn’t invited.


    Thank you for any help you can provide.
    "won't have been" = "will not have been".

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    Re: Modal auxiliaries in the past

    As fas as I know, this is about making deductions about the past, and is similar, if not 100% equal, to "It can't have been Peter".

    The references below may also be of help to you:
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...english/will_1 (definition #5)
    http://library.bcu.ac.uk/learner/Gra...7%20Modals.htm ("Talking about the past with certainty")

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    Re: Modal auxiliaries in the past

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "won't have been" = "will not have been".
    Why do you always think it's the contraction?
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...078#post401078

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    Re: Modal auxiliaries in the past

    Quote Originally Posted by Weaver67 View Post
    As fas as I know, this is about making deductions about the past, and is similar, if not 100% equal, to "It can't have been Peter".

    The references below may also be of help to you:
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...english/will_1 (definition #5)
    http://library.bcu.ac.uk/learner/Gra...7%20Modals.htm ("Talking about the past with certainty")

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    Thanks for your reply

    In the link, there was this example:
    I'm sure you will have noticed that attendance has fallen sharply.

    But what's the difference with:
    I'm sure you will have noticed that attendance has fallen sharply.

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