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    If I was in the place of that guy I would have come to know about my destiny.

    If I was in place of the person who is coming to meet Ann then I would be very disappointed. I would kill mylyself after reaching home because by the time "I left" or "had left" for home "I would have come" to know about my destiny.

    Can we use "would have done" like this if we are talking about a hypothethical situation and want to talk about a finished action? Or do we need to use "past simple" only no matter what we have to describe in an imaginery situation?

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    Re: If I was in the place of that guy I would have come to know about my destiny.

    Please try to write a couple of example sentences that you're actually likely to use in real life. I don't know what your first sentence even means.

    Also, there is no reason to put the names of tenses in quotation marks and note the correct spelling of "myself" and "imagina​ry".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: If I was in the place of that guy I would have come to know about my destiny.

    If I were the one who had come to meet Ann, I would have been very disappointed and even killed myself after getting home because I would have known about my destiny by the time I left for home.
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    Re: If I was in the place of that guy I would have come to know about my destiny.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    If I were the one who had come to meet Ann, I would have been very disappointed and even killed myself after getting home because I would have known about my destiny by the time I left for home.
    Thank you Mathew for your help and time but it is a hypothetical situation. That person hasn't come yet to meet Ann.
    Last edited by tufguy; 01-Mar-2017 at 06:39.

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    Re: If I was in the place of that guy I would have come to know about my destiny.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please try to write a couple of example sentences that you're actually likely to use in real life. I don't know what your first sentence even means.

    Also, there is no reason to put the names of tenses in quotation marks and note the correct spelling of "myself" and "imagina​ry".
    Sorry, I couldn't come up with any other example. But let me explain you the situation. Ann is a very arrogant girl. She has found a guy on a matramonial site to get married and that guy is coming to meet her. Two of her friends are talking about being the guy (I hope this sentence is correct, is it?) who is coming to meet her. They are imagining what they would do if they were that guy. My question is whether we can use "Would have done" while we talk about imagnary or hypothtical situations like this?

    If I was the person who is coming to meet Ann then I would be very disappointed. I would kill myself after reaching home because by the time "I left" or "had left" for home "I would have come" to know about my destiny.

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    Re: If I was in the place of that guy I would have come to know about my destiny.

    If I were the one coming to meet Ann, I would be very disappointed and even kill myself after returning home because I would know about my destiny by the time I leave for home.
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    Re: If I was in the place of that guy I would have come to know about my destiny.

    I'm going to regret this, I'm sure, but I'm going to try to get to the bottom of this. I want to see if I've understood the hypothetical situation correctly.

    Ann has been on a marriage site and found a potential husband (let's call him Bob). Bob is coming to meet Ann. Two of Ann's friends are talking about how they would feel if they were Bob and came to meet Ann for the first time. Their opinion is that Bob would probably be very disappointed when he meets Ann - so disappointed, in fact, that he would kill himself rather than marry her and spend the rest of his life with her. Is that correct? If so, I don't see how you can call those two people Ann's friends - they are being incredibly rude about her.

    One of the "friends", in natural English, might say "Poor Bob. If I were him, I'd be so disappointed when I met Ann, I'd go home and consider killing myself rather than spend the rest of my life with her".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: If I was in the place of that guy I would have come to know about my destiny.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    he would kill himself rather than marry her
    Would it be more logical to say 'he would rather kill himself than marry her'?
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    Re: If I was in the place of that guy I would have come to know about my destiny.

    They both work.
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    Re: If I was in the place of that guy I would have come to know about my destiny.

    Thank you Matthew and EMS for your effort and time. But my question is whether we can use "Would have done" while we talk about imagnary or hypothtical situations like this?

    I would kill myself after reaching home because by the time "I left" or "had left" for home "I would have come" to know about my destiny.

    According to Matthew we cannot use "Would have done" we should stick to "Would" only even if we are talking about a complete action. EMS what is your opinion?


    Two of her friends are talking about being the guy who is coming to meet her. Is this sentence correct? I used it in post# 5.

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