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    past likelihood

    "It would have been easy for me to list six things." [From the UE's post.]

    Does this sentence describe the past likelihood of happening something (
    which was not done in reality)?

    Thank you.
    I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.

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    Re: past likelihood

    It expresses a past possibility.
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    Re: past likelihood

    Quote Originally Posted by tkacka15 View Post
    "It would have been easy for me to list six things."
    I think it could be followed by something like 'but I was drunk' or 'if I had not been drunk'.

    Quote Originally Posted by tkacka15 View Post
    happening something
    'Happen' is an intransitive verb.
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    Re: past likelihood

    Quote Originally Posted by tkacka15 View Post
    the past likelihood of happening something
    ... ​the past likelihood of something happening.

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    Re: past likelihood

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    ... ​the past likelihood of something happening.
    Thank you, Piscean, for the useful correction. My native tongue grammar, firmly embedded at the back of my head, constantly interferes with my usage of English grammar. More to come, I'm afraid.
    I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.

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    Re: past likelihood

    Quote Originally Posted by tkacka15 View Post
    My native tongue grammar, firmly embedded at the back of my head, constantly interferes with my usage of English grammar. More to come, I'm afraid.
    That's one of the many advantages of this forum. We do our best to answer the questions you ask, and also to help you correct that type of L1 interference. There is no need to feel embarrassed () about this type of error. It is a serious problem for most learners of a foreign language.

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