always would confuse me....in this sentence what the purpose or what is this( would have) convey At a homecoming celebration last year I met a college friend whom I had not seen for ten years. Chuck was a very bright student and was graduated with honors. His goal when I last saw him was to own his own business in western Nebraska. I asked Chuck what kind of business he fmally established. 'Well," he confessed, "I didn't go into business for myself." I wouldn't have "said this to anyone five years ago or even one year ago, but now I'm ready to talk about it.
Aug 23, 2018 12:20 AM
Answers · 7
Hey Hazem, I shall provide you with an explanation of the usage of "would have" in this context: The idiom at issue here is "would have", which is the construction used to form "The past conditional"! This conditional is expressed using the modal "would" before a past infinitive (= "have" + past participle). This construction serves to express missed opportunities and past hypotheses: Examples: 1) "She told me that she would have liked to come and see us. In your position, I would have done the same thing". 2) "If I had had the opportunity, I would have told her the truth". 3) "If he had worked harder, he would have received a better grade". 4) If he had delivered the money he took, his mother would not have been angry with him". So, in the context you provided, the idea conveyed is that "(even if he had had the opportunity - five years ago or even one) he would not have said this to anyone." = that is, there was a period when he would not have told anyone about his condition, even if he could. HOWEVER, NOW, he is able to talk about it! ** NOTICE: Sometimes the "If" clause is omitted from the clause - the construction of ir is implies, however. You must study and learn more about the The Past (Unreal) Conditionals in order that you can be able to notice whenever a sentence conveys the idea of a hypothesis or a missed opportunity regarding a past period. Hope you have understood! :)
August 23, 2018
There was a period when he would not have talked about it. (= There was a period when he would have refused to talk about it.) future - He will not talk about it. = He will refuse to talk about it. past - He would not talk about it. = He refused to talk about it. past conditional - He have not have talked about it. = He would have refused to talk about it.
August 23, 2018
Still haven’t found your answers?
Write down your questions and let the native speakers help you!