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I've come across an interesting thought. Can we say "Had I have heard" or "If only I have heard". I can't find reference to why this could be wrong.

I noticed that the "I wish I hadn't ever have shouted at her" is somewhat correct, where "have shouted" is a Finished Action.

Can't "have + verb (present perfect)" in the conditionals be a finished action too?

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  • had not have shouted sounds totally wrong to my ear.
    – TimR
    Dec 14, 2017 at 17:05

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"If I would have X'ed" and "if I had X'ed" both express discussion of something that did not happen because some conditions were not met.

"If I have X'ed" expresses discussion of something that isn't happening now because some conditions aren't met, but in a disconnected manner that makes the speaker or "I" seem contemptuous or disbelieving of being questioned.

If I have had too much to drink then why am I not having problems walking to my car?

The typical way to express that is "I have not X'ed because Y."

I have not had too much to drink because I am not having problems walking to my car.

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  • The last sentence doesn't look like a conditional to me. And I purposely didn't include "would" in my examples. Dec 14, 2017 at 5:37

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