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    #1

    would have done vs was going to do

    Hi,

    - I would have phoned you, but there wasn't time.
    - I was going to phone you, but there wasn't time.

    I cannot distinguish the difference in meaning between them. Could you please tell me in what situations I can use them. Can I use them interchangeably?

    Thank you.

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    Re: would have done vs was going to do

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I would use 'would have done something' in the third conditional.
    'I would have phoned you if there had been time.'

    Not a teacher.
    The first sentence is from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/would. The second is mine.

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    #3

    Re: would have done vs was going to do

    They are almost interchangeable. I don't see a great deal of difference.

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    #4

    Re: would have done vs was going to do

    Can we put a specific time such as yesterday or two years ago with whould have done?

    - I would have phoned you yesterday, but there wasn't time.

    Is that OK? Should I put 'by yesterday' instead of 'yesterday'?
    Last edited by ademoglu; 25-Mar-2015 at 20:14. Reason: typo

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    #5

    Re: would have done vs was going to do

    "By yesterday" is incorrect in that context.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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