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    He might have been asleep.

    "I went to his home rang bell but he didn't open. He might have been asleep or taking shower."

    "I went to his home he didn't open the door, he would be taking shower or might be sleeping."

    When we use "might have done" in a sentence so that means we are talking about an incident that happened in past before the incident that we are talking about right now like "I went there because I thought he might have brought a new car". If my first sentence is correct then why the useage of "might have been doing" is correct there? Please check my second sentence it also has the same meaning as the first sentence?

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    Re: He might have been asleep.

    I went to his home and rang the doorbell, but he didn't answer the door. He might have been sleeping or showering.
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    Re: He might have been asleep.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    "I went to his home rang bell but he didn't open. He might have been asleep or taking shower."

    "I went to his home he didn't open the door, he would be taking shower or might be sleeping."
    Tufguy, those are two of the most careless pieces you have written in a while here. You had been improving and you were being more careful. You have gone back to running phrases and clauses together without using punctuation or capitalisation.

    Did you really think that "I went to his home rang bell but he didn't open" was correct?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: He might have been asleep.

    Correction for post# 1.

    First of all sorry for the mistake.

    "I went to his home rang bell but he didn't open the door. He might have been asleep or taking shower."

    "I went to his home rang bell but he didn't open the door. He would be taking shower or might be sleeping."

    When we use "might have done" in a sentence that means we are talking about an incident that happened in past before the incident that we are talking about right now. "I went there because I thought he might have brought a new car". If my first sentence is correct then why the useage of "might have been doing" is correct there? Please check my second sentence it also has the same meaning as the first sentence?
    Last edited by tufguy; 07-Jul-2016 at 09:56.

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    Re: He might have been asleep.

    Could you please tell me when we say "might have done" we talk about past incident that happened earlier to the incident that we are discussing or talking about. Here I wrote "he didn't open the door. He might have been asleep". Why is it correct and please also check my other sentence please.
    Last edited by tufguy; 07-Jul-2016 at 09:57.

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    Re: He might have been asleep.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Here I wrote "he didn't open the door. He might have been asleep". Why is it correct
    Because the modal perfect should be used when referring to a past possibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Because the modal perfect should be used when referring to a past possibility.
    I am confused about it. Please see post#4 and 5.

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    #8

    Re: He might have been asleep.

    He might have done ..." can mean It is possible that he did ...:

    Luke left England last week. He might have gone back to Istanbul. I don't know for certain.

    It can also mean There was a possibility of this happening:

    If the Remain camp had won, Cameron might not have resigned.




    ​Context usually makes the intended meaning clear.

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    Re: He might have been asleep.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    He might have done ..." can mean It is possible that he did ...:

    Luke left England last week. He might have gone back to Istanbul. I don't know for certain.

    It can also mean There was a possibility of this happening:

    If the Remain camp had won, Cameron might not have resigned.




    ​Context usually makes the intended meaning clear.
    I think I have been unable to make you understand what I would like to know. Please read posts 4 and 5. Sorry for confusing you guys. I am confused and I am also making you confused. Sorry for this.

    Additional question:- what is the word for saying that you are going one step back in the past? Like we say "I went there but before that I had been to the market as well" in this sentence we are going deeper in the past.

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    Re: He might have been asleep.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    I think I have been unable to make you understand what I would like to know.
    Is the following what you want to know?
    'Might have done something', 'might have been doing something', and 'might have been something / adjective' could all be correct depending on context.
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