# Would have+ed instead of have+ed?

I've seen '' Would have + ed '' in the sense of have + ed or just ed. why ? for example :

Context : '' Z had no house because he's poor but now he has a house. A and B his friends are wondering how he did to buy it. ''

A to B: According to what C said V would have helped Z to buy his house. What do you think?

B to A: I don't think V (have) helped Z buy his house..

• This is confusing, is V a person or an object? Can you put in names instead of letters please?
– Aric
Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 13:19
• V is a person . Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 13:52
• "how he did to buy it" is wrong. It probably should be "how he bought it", or if you must "how he did buy it". Commented Jun 10, 2023 at 15:16
• You wrote that A said: According to what C said V would have helped. Since B disagrees with that, he says: I don't think V would have helped. What makes you think B might not use the same conditional auxiliary verb form as A? Commented Jun 4 at 14:28
• Note that your "context" should be: Z had no house because he was poor but now he has a house. A and B his friends are wondering what he did to buy it. Commented Jun 4 at 14:30

## 1 Answer

This is the conditional perfect tense

The conditional perfect is a grammatical construction that combines the conditional mood with perfect aspect. A typical example is the English would have written

In your example, it is "According to what C said V would have helped Z to buy his house."

This means that V did not help Z, but if they had known/been available to help, they would have done it.

This specific example is often shortened to Would've.

• Note that the sentence in the question begins I don't think.... this indicates that V wouldnot, in the opinion of B, have helped Z even if the opportunity arose. Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 13:11
• @JavaLatte I was referring to the line above that
– Aric
Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 13:17
• No A believe that V helped Z because C said so, And he's questioning B for his opinion if he thinks that V really did so. Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 14:19
• @VeryBadAtEnglish is the example you gave from a book, or did you just write it?
– Aric
Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 14:22
• I just wrote based on what I remember. cause right now I don't have any real example Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 17:53