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What's the equivalent of this sentence? "He would have had to have been bringing these things while I was still here." Is there any way I can shorten "would have had to have been bringing"? Would "must have brought" work? Does the meaning change much? Thank you
Nov 13, 2019 4:33 PM
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Your proposal is a good sentence but with a different meaning. He must have been bringing ... is a little closer. “He would have to have been ...” expresses why you think what you do. It follows from the logic of the situation. I concluded that he was bringing .... I concluded from the evidence that he was bringing ... I deduced from the evidence that he was bringing ... The evidence indicates that he was bringing ... Would be similar but not better. He must have been bringing ... is also similar but not quite as definitive.
November 13, 2019
'Must have been bringing' would work - it's a bit shorter and it keeps the continuous aspect. And note that in spoken English, this wouldn't seem especially cumbersome. The modal + auxiliary + auxiliary combination, 'must've been' would trip off the tongue in a second or so as something like "must'u'bin" - no problem at all.
November 13, 2019
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