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    #11

    Re: Yesterday my trouser wasn't as clean as I thought it would be.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Can "would" and "would have been" be like I did? Did Matthew explained correctly?
    No. You can use either tense with no significant difference in meaning in this context.

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    #12

    Re: Yesterday my trouser wasn't as clean as I thought it would be.

    Quote Originally Posted by abo.omar View Post
    1) Yesterday my trousers weren't as clean as I thought they should have been. It is my habit to have them cleaned, but yesterday they didn't get clean.
    I fixed the second sentence as best as I could.
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    #13

    Re: Yesterday my trouser wasn't as clean as I thought it would be.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No. You can use either tense with no significant difference in meaning in this context.
    So, what does "Would have been" mean here? Are we going one step back in the past?

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    #14

    Re: Yesterday my trouser wasn't as clean as I thought it would be.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I fixed the second sentence as best as I could.
    Yesterday my trousers weren't as clean as I thought it would have been. Does it mean "It wasn't as clean as it was earlier"?

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    #15

    Re: Yesterday my trouser wasn't as clean as I thought it would be.

    I suggest that you don't use a sentence you don't understand (especially that one). You should know by now that we don't refer to a pair of pants (trousers) as an it.

    Tufguy, some people would say you are unbelievably stubborn. (I'm not one of those people, of course.)
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    #16

    Re: Yesterday my trouser wasn't as clean as I thought it would be.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Yesterday my trousers weren't as clean as I thought it would have been. Does it mean "It wasn't as clean as it was earlier"?
    Oh, come on, tufguy. In the second response of this thread you were told that "it" is wrong when referring to trousers/a pair of trousers. How is it possible that you're still making the same mistake?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Dec-2019 at 12:11.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #17

    Re: Yesterday my trouser wasn't as clean as I thought it would be.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Oh, come on, tufguy. In the second response of this thread you were told that "it" is wrong when referring to trousers/a pair of trousers. How is it possible that you're still making the same mistake?

    Yesterday my trousers weren't as clean as I thought they would have been. Does it mean "They weren't as clean as they were earlier"?

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    #18

    Re: Yesterday my trouser wasn't as clean as I thought it would be.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I suggest that you don't use a sentence you don't understand (especially that one). You should know by now that we don't refer to a pair of pants (trousers) as an it.

    Tufguy, some people would say you are unbelievably stubborn. (I'm not one of those people, of course.)
    Sorry, that was a silly mistake of mine. Actually my problem is that it bothers me a lot when I know that there is a question related to English that I don't have an answer to. Although I don't want to bother you guys but I know I do it a lot of times unintentionally so please forgive me. I hope you understand.

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    #19

    Re: Yesterday my trouser wasn't as clean as I thought it would be.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Yesterday my trousers weren't as clean as I thought they would have been. Does it mean "They weren't as clean as they were earlier"?
    No.

    They weren't as clean as I was expecting them to be.

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