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 '18 at 16:44

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.


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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