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  1. Key Member
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    Would have done vs Might have done

    "Insurance company might have issued a new id for the patient. He might have had a different plan under the old id".
    "Insurance company would have issued a new id for the patient. He would have had a different plan under the old id".

    My question is " Would have done" and "Might/May have done" both are used for assumptions. Are they interchangeable?. If there is some difference then what is that?.

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    Re: Would have done vs Might have done

    No, they are not interchangeable. The first one is expressing a possibility. The second is expressing certainty.
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