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    Bare infinitive/ Would be/ might be

    Are the below sentences grammatically correct?

    a) I didn't go to see my friends. (Bare infinitive)


    b) If you wouldn't have gone yesterday, You would be escaped from accident.

    Here "would be " can replace with "might be"?

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    Re: Bare infinitive/ Would be/ might be

    Quote Originally Posted by Ajay 123 View Post
    Are the below sentences grammatically correct?

    a) I didn't go to see my friends. (Bare infinitive)


    b) If you wouldn't have gone yesterday, You would be escaped from accident.

    Here "would be " can replace with "might be"?
    Sentence a is correct.

    Sentence b is incorrect for the following reasons:

    1. In BrE, we do not use "If you wouldn't have gone ..." but it is used in AmE. In BrE, it's "If you hadn't gone yesterday ..."
    2. The second "you" should not be capitalised because it comes after a comma, not after a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    3. The second clause is ungrammatical. "To be" does not collocate with "escape". You need to say either "You would have escaped from the accident" or, more naturally, "You would not have been in the accident".

    To clarify, this is how it should look:

    If you hadn't gone yesterday, you wouldn't have been in an/the accident.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Bare infinitive/ Would be/ might be

    In Sentence a) having two bare infinitives, but negative, here "to" can be use between "go" and "see"?
    Last edited by Ajay 123; 01-Feb-2015 at 22:43.

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    Re: Bare infinitive/ Would be/ might be

    As an AmE speaker, I would use "hadn't gone" also.

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