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"...yet I would not have left..." ? "I was dog-tired ... I might have been twice as weary, yet I would not have left the deck, all was so new and interesting to me." Is the "would not have left" used here to describe the "repeated action which had not happened"? Like, I might have left at any of many moments, but I continued to skip them one after another because all was interesting to me.
Sep 5, 2019 5:13 PM
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This is a variation of a type 3 conditional for a hypothetical past. [original] "I was dog-tired ... I might have been twice as weary, yet I would not have left the deck, all was so new and interesting to me." [equivalent] "I was dog-tired ... [EVEN IF I HAD BEEN] twice as weary, ... I WOULD NOT HAVE LEFT the deck, [because] all was so new and interesting to me." [analysis] IF I HAD BEEN twice as weary ... (hypothetical past condition) I WOULD NOT HAVE LEFT ... (hypothetical past result) More information here: https://www.ef.com/ca/english-resources/english-grammar/conditional/ https://www.ef.com/ca/english-resources/english-grammar/type-3-conditional/
September 5, 2019
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