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    #41

    Re: It would have been

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    I understand modal verb is could, would, might etc and after that "have" will be used as a base form. Am I correct?
    I think you are right.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    Does base form mean "main verb"?
    I think you are wrong, because the main verb in the sentence below is 'been', which is not the base form.

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    "I would have been easily able to list six things."
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    #42

    Re: It would have been

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    No, it doesn't mean that. I think that part of your problem is that you are taking elements of one sentence and trying to use them in a different kind of sentence..

    Start with the basics and build up:

    1a. I list six things every day.
    1b. I will list three things tomorrow.
    1c. I would list six things now/every day/tomorrow (if I had time).
    1d. I would have listed six things yesterday (if I had had time).

    2a. It is easy for me to list six things every day.
    2b. It will be easy for me to list six things tomorrow.
    2c. It would be easy for me to list six things tomorrow (if I had time).
    2d. It would have been easy for me to list six things yesterday(if I had had time).

    Have you any questions about any of these?
    1) I understand that Sl. 1( a to d) and 2 (1 to d) can be used interchangeably in sequence. Am I right?

    2) Can we add "been" in sentence 1d as we have added in thread 31. If not Why? (Thread 31- extract: I would have been easily able to list six things.")

    3)My original sentence was: I would have been easily list out six things. (this is wrong) and the correct sentence is "I would have been easily able to list six things." I could not understand still that why my original construction was wrong. We have added only "able to"

    Please clarify. Thank you.

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    #43

    Re: It would have been

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    1) I understand that Sl. 1( a to d) and 2 (1 to d) can be used interchangeably in sequence. Am I right?
    They are not interchangeable. They have different meanings and refer to different times.

    2) Can we add "been" in sentence 1d as we have added in thread 31. If not Why? (Thread 31- extract: I would have been easily able to list six things.")
    NO. the extract you quote concerns the present perfect of BE (able). Sentence #1d is a modal perfect of LIST. Modal perfect constructions in themselves do not contain BE.

    3)My original sentence was: I would have been easily list out six things. (this is wrong) and the correct sentence is "I would have been easily able to list six things." I could not understand still that why my original construction was wrong. We have added only "able to"
    The verb BE has no place in your original sentence, In the correct sentence BE (in the form of been) is an integral part of the BE able to construction.

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    #44

    Re: It would have been

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    3)My original sentence was: I would have been easily list out six things. (this is wrong) and the correct sentence is "I would have been easily able to list six things." I could not understand still that why my original construction was wrong.
    It is because 'able' is an adjective and 'list' is a verb.
    I have been happy.
    I have been laugh.
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    #45

    Re: It would have been

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

    I would have easily listed out six things.

    I would have been easily able to list six things.

    I understand these sentences are OK and these sentences convey the same meaning. Am I correct?

    Can we use "they" instead of "these sentences".

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    #46

    Re: It would have been

    Anil, we are at 5 pages and 46 posts. Are you about done with this?

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    #47

    Re: It would have been

    Thread closed.
    “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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