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    'Would have had' versus 'had'

    Hello,

    What is the difference between 'had' and 'would have had' in the following sentences. Do they convey the same meaning? Can I substitute one of them for the other one?

    1) I wonder what his grandfather, James, would have had to say?

    2) I wonder what his grandfather, James, had to say?


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    Re: 'Would have had' versus 'had'

    They aren't interchangeable. 1 means you wonder what James would have said if he had had an opinion about it. 2 means you wonder what James said about it.

    In sentence 1, James could have been dead, or a thousand miles away, or otherwise unaware of the event. In sentence 2, James knew about the event and you wonder what he thought about it.
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    Re: 'Would have had' versus 'had'

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    It's a pitty that you are not a teacher. I have seen you posts, Short and useful Thanks.
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    Re: 'Would have had' versus 'had'

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    It's a PITY that you are not a teacher. I have seen youR posts, Short and useful Thanks.

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