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    It would have been

    It would have been easy for me to list six things.

    Is this future perfect tense? What does it mean?

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    Re: It would have been

    No, it's not "future perfect tense". It means that at some time in the past you could have made a list of six things without any difficulty.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: It would have been

    It is the modal perfect, which refers to the past. For details, see http://cordelia.typepad.com/english_...l-perfect.html
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    Re: It would have been

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    It is the modal perfect, which refers to the past. For details, see http://cordelia.typepad.com/english_...l-perfect.html
    Thanks. It was really useful.
    Just to understand better, Can I say-
    1) Perfect modal will always comprise the following-
    Modal, Have ( as main verb) and past participle.

    2) Perfect model can't be classified in different tenses. Please confirm.

    2)Laura hasn't arrived yet. She could have been missed the bus.

    Is this sentence correct? I understand that missed can't follow been. Please explain.
    Last edited by Anil Giria; 11-Nov-2015 at 16:14.

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    2)Laura hasn't arrived yet. She could have been missed the bus.

    Is this sentence correct?

    No, it isn't correct. "Laura hasn't arrived yet. She could have missed the bus." This is correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    1) Perfect modal will always comprise the following-
    Modal, Have ( as main verb) and past participle.
    I consider 'have' and the past participle to be an auxiliary verb and the main verb respectively.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I consider 'have' and the past participle to be an auxiliary verb and the main verb respectively.
    Are infinitive and auxiliary verb same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    2)Laura hasn't arrived yet. She could have been missed the bus.

    Is this sentence correct?

    No, it isn't correct. "Laura hasn't arrived yet. She could have missed the bus." This is correct.
    Is it correct to say that past participle can't follow the other past participle in any sentence? ( like "missed" after "been" in my original incorrect sentence)

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    Re: It would have been

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    Are infinitive and auxiliary verb same?
    I don't think so. The 'been' below is an auxiliary verb but not an infinitive.
    'I have been dismissed.'

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    Is it correct to say that past participle can't follow the other past participle in any sentence?
    I don't think so. The past participle 'been' below is followed by another past participle 'dismissed'.
    'I have been dismissed.'
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    Re: It would have been

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    Is it correct to say that past participle can't follow the other past participle in any sentence? ( like "missed" after "been" in my original incorrect sentence)

    No. "The sales targets have been missed three months in a row."
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