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John
How can I use "would have" ? In my book, "would have" is used to talk about an unreal past situation. so in the following sentence. 1. I would never have watch news programs in my childhood. 2. I did not watch news programs in my childhood. Are the above two sentences the same in meaning ?
Oct 27, 2016 7:01 AM
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No. The second sentence is factual. The first does not make sense as a stand-alone sentence fragment. The construct should be used hypothetically and so the sentence needs to be in two parts: For example: 'I would never have watched news programmes when I was young, had I known that they would give me nightmares.' This sentence means that you DID watch news programmes.
October 27, 2016
John
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English
Learning Language
English