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    would have been

    He married my aunt in 1971, so Clare would have been five years old.

    Does the second part of the sentence mean 'Clare would have been five years old by 1971' or 'Clare would have been five years old' by the time the speaker said the words (that is, by 1976) ?

    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 29-Sep-2008 at 09:39. Reason: a wrong spelling.

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    Re: would have been

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    He married my aunt in 1971, so Clare would have been five years old.

    Does the second part of the sentence mean 'Clare would have been five years old by 1971' or 'Clare would have been five years old' by the timethe speaker said the words (that is, by 1976) ?

    Thank you in advance.
    Clare would have been 5 years old at that time, 1971.

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