need help on grammar

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billy

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1.We were transferred back to the States three years ago, but I think
my parents would have liked to live overseas for at least 20 more years.
2.They probably would have mailed this,but I wanted to give it to you myself .

Could you tell me about how to use "Would + have +... " properly ?


thank you in advance !
 

Tdol

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It's used to talk about something that didn't happen in the past- it's imagining something different from what actually happened. In your example, the facts are that your parents went back to the States, but the speaker is describing something imaginary- the parents' wishes.;-)
 

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You're welcome. ;-)
 
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