aleunaM
(Might + would have been) Is this sentence correct? Hello there! How are you? Is this sentence correct? “... I wonder what might their reasons would have been.” Thank you so much in advance.
Nov 3, 2019 1:39 PM
Answers · 4
It's not correct. We cannot use "might" and "would have been" together. You can have “... I wonder what their reasons would have been.” or “... I wonder what their reasons might have been.”
November 3, 2019
1 - Embedded questions use statement word order. Did Joe sell his car? I wonder if Joe sold his car. 2 - Might and would are modals. Use one modal, not two. I wonder what their reasons might have been. Your grammar book certainly covers these topics. If you don't have a grammar book, English Grammar in Use by Murphy is famous. Paper copies are cheap and a google search will find a PDF. See units 29 and 50.
November 3, 2019
No, the sentence you wrote is not correct. I suggest: I wonder what their reasons might have been.
November 3, 2019
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