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Conditional Perfect - Uses

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CONDITIONAL PERFECT
This is a practical oversimplification which will be right most of the time. For more detailed information see Mastery of the Tenses!
Main Uses for the Conditional Perfect
"would have done"

For past actions that were not possible for some reason.
  • She would have studied but she didn't have any time.
  • He would have come but he was working.
Would Have in IF structures
Used in the Consequence clause of a hypothetical past event. NOT IF CLAUSE.
In Third Conditional sentences
  • If we had studied, we would have passed the exam.
  • If it hadn't snowed, we would never have met.
  • They would have won if he had played!
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We use the Conditional Perfect for P-ST A-T---S that W-RE N-T P----B-E for some reason.

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We use the Conditional Perfect for PAST ACTIONS that WERE NOT POSSIBLE for some reason.

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She would have studied but she didn't have any time.
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(I’d be / I'd have been) surprised if Ann came to see us now.

Choose 'Most Likely' Option


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I’d be surprised if Ann came to see us now.

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