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Read below the sentences

My wish would had completed.

If I would had been to London.

Are they grammatically correct? What's the use of "would had" in them?

Do both the following sentences mean the same thing?

If I would had been the president.

If I were the president.

I've been learning English Grammar recently, So as a new comer I'm having these doubts. Could someone please help me? I've searched everything from the web, but the information was unavailable.

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    Try 'would have'
    – Kate Bunting
    Apr 19, 2018 at 16:44

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The construction would had doesn't exist in English. If you are talking about something that you might do in certain circumstances, you would say:

I would go (if I had the time).

If you are talking about something that you might have done in the past under certain circumstances, you would say:

I would have gone (if I'd had the time).

Neither If I would had been president nor If I would have been president is correct.

To say:

If I had been president

is to reflect on what might have happened in the past if you had occupied the position of president.

To say:

If I were president

is to reflect on what you might do or say in the event that you became president.

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First, modal auxiliaries like would are always followed by the base form of the verb, not by a past or past participle, so would had is never grammatical, (in any variety of English, as far as I know). You mean would have, as Kate Bunting said in a comment.

Second, using would in a condition (eg "If I would have") is grammatical in some varieties of English, but not as far as I know in any standard varieties: I would never say it, but many people do so nowadays.

Thirdly, would have is a sort of past modal, so If I would have been the president is a non-standard version of If I had been the president (past counterfactual). The present counterfactual equivalents are (standard) If I were the president, (non-standard) If I would be the president.

You first sentence is not a conditional, so its form would be grammatical if you change had to have; but there are other problems with it: completed is active, so it is not something that a wish can normally do; and in any case it is not the usual verb for what happens to wishes. I suspect you meant My wish would have been granted (or carried out).

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