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    He wouldn't have arrived

    "Yesterday my friend had to arrive at my uncle's house at around 8 PM but I was at my home. At 8 PM I thought or a thought came to my mind that he wouldn't have reached there so I called my uncle and he told me that he hadn't arrived there".

    Is my usage of "would have done correct"?

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    Re: He wouldn't have arrived

    You didn't say "would have done." The used of "wouldn't have reached there" is correct.

    These phrases are suspicious, however:

    - "had to arrive" > means "was required to arrive." Maybe you mean "planned to arrive."
    - "at my home" > should either be "at home" or "at my house."
    - "I thought or a thought came to my mind" > should either be "it occurred to me" or "it crossed my mind."

    Review how to use commas.
    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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