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Would vs would have done Here's the context: I talked to my friend yesterday and this morning I didn't check my messages. Later I tell him: I didn't think you would reply that fast. or I didn't think you would have replied that fast. Can someone explain clearly what is the difference? My teacher makes it complicated for me. Thank you in advance.
Jul 20, 2019 10:47 AM
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"... that you would reply" is correct. It is the "future-in-the-past" relative to the moment of "I didn't think." English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy is excellent. A paper copy is affordable and you can find a PDF on the net. See unit 47 for reported speech. It covers the essentials of the past-in-the-past, the present-in-the-past, and the future-in-the-past.
July 20, 2019
"you would reply" is correct. It is the "future-in-the-past" relative to the moment of "I didn't think." English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy is excellent. A paper copy is affordable and you can find a PDF on the net. See unit 47 for reported speech. It covers the essentials of the past-in-the-past, the present-in-the-past, and the future-in-the-past.
July 20, 2019
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