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    Would/ might have it

    Could you please explain me the meaning and difference between these sentences? I am confused.

    1) "I thought he would have it".

    2) "I thought he might have it".

    3) "I thought he might have had it".

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    1) At some point in the past, I thought it likely that he had it.
    2) At some point in the past, I thought it possible that he had it.
    3) At some point in the past, I thought it possible that he had it at an earlier time. .
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    Re: Would/ might have it

    Could you please elaborate it in simpler and detailed language? I am very confused about it, so please explain.

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    Re: Would/ might have it

    Which words in GS's response do you not understand?

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    Re: Would/ might have it

    GS's examples are just about as simple as they could be.

    If they were any more detailed you would find it even harder to understand.

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    Re: Would/ might have it

    Sorry, I am still confused about "would, might and might have had". Could you please tell me in what kind of situation do we need to use "would" or "might" or "might have had" when talking about past incidents? Sorry for asking for simpler language, actually it is difficult to understand sometimes when English is your second language.
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    Try responding to post 4.

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    Re: Would/ might have it

    I think first two sentences mean same, there was a possibility that he had it(but it's like future in past) but in the last one he possible had it but at an earlier point from the time that we are talking about. But "would" and "might" both have same meaning then why to use both? And "might have done" is only used when talking about an earlier period in past. Please check this "when we lived there he might have had it" this also sounds same to me.
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    Re: Would/ might have it

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Could you please elaborate it in simpler and detailed language? I am very confused about it, so please explain.
    GS's answer is simple and correct.

    As GS pointed out:

    - The word "might" shows more uncertainty than "would." Look the two words up in your dictonary to see the difference.

    - "Might have it" means NOW. "Might have HAD it" means in the past, because "had" is past tense.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Would/ might have it

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    1) At some point in the past, I thought it likely that he had it.
    2) At some point in the past, I thought it possible that he had it.
    3) At some point in the past, I thought it possible that he had it at an earlier time. .
    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    I think first two sentences mean same, there was a possibility that he had it(but it's like future in past) but in the last one he possible had it but at an earlier point from the time that we are talking about. But "would" and "might" both have same meaning then why to use both? And "might have done" is only used when talking about an earlier period in past. Please check this "when we lived there he might have had it" this also sounds same to me.
    I can see why my three sentences above are not clear, so I'll write longer narratives.

    1) I was thinking about him last Wednesday. I thought, "he probably has it."
    2) I was thinking about him last Wednesday. I thought, "he may have it. I'm not sure."
    3) I was thinking about him last Wednesday. I thought, "he may have had it two years ago. I'm not sure."

    Notice that might changed to may when my character used it in a present sense.
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