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    Question would have + past participle

    "Within between five and twenty minutes she and everyone else would have been dead"...
    "SS officers would have walked to the grassy mound"...

    The question is : do would have been dead and would have walked mean that the writer is imagining situations that happened in the past? Obviously they have nothing to do with indirect reported speech or if clauses.

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    Re: would have + past participle

    Yes. It's a purely hypothetical situation. A "subjunctive" usage, so to speak.

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