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    omission of "have"

    Hello, teachers

    Regarding "would have been"sentence such as
    "It would have been nice if.." , do some native speakers omit "have" and say "would been..." ??
    If so, is it grammatically correct?

    Thank you in advance!

    Kannon

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    #2

    Re: omission of "have"

    "Would been" is not correct no matter what the intended meaning is.

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    #3

    Re: omission of "have"

    The phrase would have made sense if it is 'would be', which I earlier misread it as.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: omission of "have"

    Should 'is' be replaced by 'had been' in the above post?

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    #5

    Re: omission of "have"

    The phrase is still there.

    Both the past perfect and the present simple can be used.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: omission of "have"

    Putting aside the OP, I think Matthew's point is on the money!

    The phrase would have made sense if it is had been "would be" ... etc.

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    #7

    Re: omission of "have"

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Both the past perfect and the present simple can be used.
    I don't think these two tenses are interchangeable and mean the same in an if-clause, but I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: omission of "have"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kannon View Post
    Hello, teachers

    Regarding "would have been"sentence such as
    "It would have been nice if.." , do some native speakers omit "have" and say "would been..." ??
    If so, is it grammatically correct?

    Thank you in advance!

    Kannon
    Hello, Kannon.

    'Would been' is not grammatically correct.
    I think your confusion stems from the pronunciation - how those two words ('would have') are pronounced in your sentence.

    So, I'd like you to go to: http://english.stackexchange.com/que...ve-and-couldve

    I hope the link will shed some light on your query.


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