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.
Last edited by PooMer; 24-Oct-2014 at 12:33.
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")
Not a teacher.