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Use and meaning of 'would like to have+p.p

 
 
Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2016 12:50 am
What is the meaning "would prefer to have+past participle " in the following sentences:

1. I would prefer to have stayed at a small family-run hotel than a big international chain.

2. I would prefer to have travelled by train.

In my openion, both of these sentences expresses regret And i think both 'to have stayed and 'to have travelled ' can be replaced by using 'should have+past participle.

For example:
1. I should have stayed at a small family-run hotel than a big internation -Chain.

2. I should have travelled by train.

I'm not sure and It's just my openion. So, could you please tell meaning and uses of 'would prefer to have+p.p ?

I would appreciate your helpfull answer. Thank you.
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Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2016 01:38 pm
We would use 'prefer to have' when we had no choice in a situation, so 'should have' would not be appropriate.

I would prefer to have travelled by train but the cost was too great.

Note: many native speakers use an alternative 'would have preferred to':

I would have preferred to travel by train but the cost was too great.
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bigdancehawk
 
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Reply Wed 17 Aug, 2016 04:33 pm
@Yubraj sharma,
This why God invented "rather."
I would rather have stayed at a small..."
"I would rather have traveled by train."
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