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
    Aug 14, 2017 at 13:19
  • V is a person . 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".
    – Stuart F
    Jun 10, 2023 at 15:16

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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.

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    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.
    – JavaLatte
    Aug 14, 2017 at 13:11
  • @JavaLatte I was referring to the line above that
    – Aric
    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. Aug 14, 2017 at 14:19
  • @VeryBadAtEnglish is the example you gave from a book, or did you just write it?
    – Aric
    Aug 14, 2017 at 14:22
  • I just wrote based on what I remember. cause right now I don't have any real example Aug 14, 2017 at 17:53

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