We do we use: would have to + INFINITIVE When do we use: would have to + INFINITIVE Or would have + INFINITIVE. I would have to look at it I would have a look at it Could you expalin with some examples please. Thank you.
May 22, 2016 5:33 PM
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Two main cases come to mind: 1) If you are saying that you need to look at it in order to be able to make a decision or in order to be able to tell you more about it. For example: A: My sweater has a stain, do you know how I can remove it? B: I don't know, I would have to look at it. (That means that there is a need to look at it to be able to decide how to remove the stain.) 2) As part of a 'second conditional' statement - see this webpage: http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/conditionals.html The 'second conditional' is the third one in the list. There are four main kinds of conditional statements in English, as well as some mixed conditionals which are a combination of the basic four. What is called a 'second conditional' is the case that you are mentioning: Its basic structure is: if + past simple, ... would + infinitive It is used for the theoretical unrealistic present or future. For example: "I don't have a car, but if I HAD one I WOULD DRIVE you to work every day." "If we WERE younger we WOULD COME with you to the show tomorrow, but we can't, because it is for teenagers only." Note, that even though the past is used ('had', 'were') it means in the present and/or future, not in the past. For the past (that is, for impossible-to-change situations of the past) you use the "third conditional", the fourth one in the list in the website. For example "Yesterday wanted to come to see you, but I wasn't able, because I missed the bus. If I HADN'T MISSED the bus I WOULD HAVE COME." (Here the second sentence is a 'third conditional') This third conditional, for the impossible-to-change past, follows this pattern: if + past perfect, ... would + have + past participle
May 22, 2016
These are two very different grammatical constructions. I would have to look at it Here, "have" + the infinitive "to look" is called deontic modality. It's a fancy name meaning that it indicates necessity. Deontic refers to the necessity, modality refers to "modal auxiliaries," also known as helping verbs, in this case "have" is the modal/helping verb. I would have a look at it Here "have" is not a modal/helping verb, it is the main verb of the sentence. It indicates that the speaker is going to look at something, but it does not imply necessity.
May 22, 2016
Thanks Jerry, I added two.
May 22, 2016
How about giving us your examples? Plenty of us will help you to see if they're correct and help you out.
May 22, 2016
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