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How to use had, had been, could have

 
 
Reply Sat 27 Jul, 2013 06:31 pm
Can anyone explains to me which of the following sentences are correct

Part 1:
If there were serious disagreements,
If there had serious disagreements,
If there had been serious disagreements,

Part 2
it could have taken even longer for the divorce.
it could has taken even longer for the divorce.
it could take even longer for the divorce.
it could be even longer for the divorce.


Think how awful it could have been if there had been a battle over custody of the children.
Think how awful it could be if there had a battle over custody of the children.

That would have been horrible
That would be horrible

It's been a very difficult time for kids
It would be a very difficult time for kids.
It could be a very difficult time for kids.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Sun 28 Jul, 2013 02:24 pm
@littlegal,
Part 1:
Quote:
If there were serious disagreements,
Okay. We're not sure whether there were or not

Quote:
If there had serious disagreements,
A stretch. Where is Paul? He would have moved to Pittsburgh if unsatisfied with Mara's conclusions. If there, (apparently) had serious disagreements (with Mara)

Otherwise, you need to say, "had been", implication being that there weren't, esp if emphasize "had"

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If there had been serious disagreements,
Okay, then

Part 2
Quote:
it could have taken even longer for the divorce.
Okay but for the divorce to what? To finalize?

Quote:
it could has taken even longer for the divorce.
Another stretch, couldn't justify it without major changes in punctuation. Think you mean "could have taken"

Quote:
it could take even longer for the divorce.

Quote:
it could be even longer for the divorce.
But for the divorce to what? We assume something unstated is taking a long time but that the divorce proceeding is even more complkex. Perhaps papers were filed for a separation but then when a divorce was imminent it was suggested that this proceeding might take even longer

Gal, the kind of subtle differences you're working with can get one all tied up in knots. Good luck to you Gal and I'm impressed by your determination as esl but I think you'll find most of us resent someone else's homework

Yo JTT where are you
contrex
 
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Reply Sun 28 Jul, 2013 03:34 pm
@littlegal,
Part 1:
If there were serious disagreements, YES
If there had serious disagreements, NO
If there had been serious disagreements, YES

Part 2
it could have taken even longer for the divorce. YES
it could has taken even longer for the divorce. NO
it could take even longer for the divorce. YES
it could be even longer for the divorce. YES

Think how awful it could have been if there had been a battle over custody of the children. YES

Think how awful it could be if there had a battle over custody of the children. NO

That would have been horrible YES
That would be horrible YES

It's been a very difficult time for kids YES
It would be a very difficult time for kids. YES
It could be a very difficult time for kids. YES
dalehileman
 
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Reply Sun 28 Jul, 2013 04:03 pm
@dalehileman,
I guess I got carried away. Con's response is certainly more direct

In my own defense however, most esl OP's also ask "why"
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littlegal
 
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Reply Thu 1 Aug, 2013 06:36 am
@dalehileman,
Hi dalehileman, can you use others examples to explain to me the usage o
Had, had been, has been, would have, should have

Example:
This project had been taken by her
This project has been taken by her
This project had taken by her
littlegal
 
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Reply Thu 1 Aug, 2013 06:46 am
@contrex,
Think how awful it could have been....
Why cannot use "could be"?
What is the different btw could be vs could have been
Would be vs would have been
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Thu 1 Aug, 2013 10:33 am
@littlegal,
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examples to explain to me the usage of
Had,
I had a cold. Now I don't

He had explained. But at the time I didn't understand

He had more than I. He consumed more beer

I had had a cold. Regarding an earlier time under discussion: I still didn't look well last August because I had had a cold in July

I had had a cold. You don't believe me? I insist

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had been,
I had been misunderstood (I no longer am)

Quote:
has been,
That has been on my mind. It might or might not still be

It has been there from day 1. Still there

Quote:
would have,
I would have fallen. But somehow the accident had been prevented

I would have another cup of coffee….. If I had time

I would have another. Yes I will, thank you

Quote:
should have
I should have hit him. He deserved to be struck but I was reticent; well, cowardly

I should have thought so. It was pretty obvious

He should have eaten it. It might have improved his health

I should have thought so. It would have been appropriate to think so

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Think how awful it could have been....
Why cannot use "could be"?
Because its implication is that the problem is still present

Think how awful it could have been if the police hadn't arrived on time

Think how awful it could be if you spill that coffee on your son's head

Quote:
What is the different btw could be vs could have been
Would be vs would have been
I could be sick, that is, in the near future. I could have been sick last year if my Better Half hadn't taken such good care of me
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JTT
 
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Reply Thu 1 Aug, 2013 11:29 am
@contrex,
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Think how awful it could be if there had a battle over custody of the children. NO


Why "NO", Contrex?


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JTT's triumph - the Burma Railway.

Contrex's plagiraism

http://able2know.org/topic/217676-1

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contrex
 
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Reply Thu 1 Aug, 2013 12:37 pm
@JTT,
If there had a battle. NO.


JTT
 
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Reply Thu 1 Aug, 2013 08:30 pm
@contrex,
Quote:
Think how awful it could be if there had a battle over custody of the children. NO


I misread it. My apologies.
contrex
 
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Reply Fri 2 Aug, 2013 10:27 am
@JTT,
JTT wrote:
My apologies.


Spoken like a man.
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