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    ademoglu is offline Senior Member
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    might/could have done ... for future situations

    Hi,

    1- (By) this time next year, you might have bought that car. But because you've left the job, it seems impossible.

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    You could have told him about our relationship over dinner tomorrow. Why did you tell him now?

    They are my sentences. I just wanted to use 'could/might have done' to refer to the future. Are they grammatically OK? In sentence 1, can I omit 'by'?

    Thanks.

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    J&K Tutoring Guest

    Re: might/could have done ... for future situations

    Both are grammatically correct.

    You can omit by in sentence 1, but it would change the meaning:

    A. By this time next year, you might have bought that car. At some unspecified time between now and 365 days from now, it would have been possible for you to buy that car.

    B. This time next year, you might have bought that car. (Before you quit your job), it would have been possible to buy the car after the next 365 days, but not before then.
    Last edited by J&K Tutoring; 11-Sep-2017 at 15:32.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: might/could have done ... for future situations

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    I just wanted to use 'could/might have done' to refer to the future. Are they grammatically OK?
    Yes, you have got the idea.

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