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    #1

    would have sent....

    Please let me know the exact meaning of the sentence in red.
    What is the difference between A and B?
    A :Would she have sent the message of distress?
    B: Did she send the message of distress?

    Thank you so much in advance. ^^

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    #2

    Re: would have sent....

    Hello Brightsun,

    1. Brightsun, would she have done X?
    2. Brightsun, did she do X?

    When I say #1, I am asking you to speculate.

    When I say #2, I am asking you to tell me a fact.

    (Therefore if I say #2, I assume that you know the answer; if I say #1, I
    don't.)

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    #3

    Re: would have sent....

    A :Would she have sent the message of distress?
    B: Did she send the message of distress?

    A is hypothetical i.e. not a real situation but a possible scenario.
    B is based on what actually happened.

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