In the following sentence which is the correct usage? Would have been or would be? Would have been sounds better to me but I am not sure.

"I have written in such a way that there are some words and sentences that would have been/be omitted in a proper (book) review."

  • It depends. They would be omitted if your script is reviewed. They would have been omitted if your script had been reviewed. Commented Feb 27, 2018 at 15:10

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"Would have been" presents a scenario that might have occurred but didn't, it is a construction this page calls a "modal of lost opportunity".

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