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"The match would have started by now." Could you give me a situation we could use this sentence?

  • I upvoted dwilli's answer, but I think the comments demonstrate that you should provide more detail in this question. What, specifically, are you confused about? Your example is not in the future perfect tense. – joiedevivre May 5 '18 at 5:27
  • Also note: the future perfect tense always has "will have" in English, so it's easy to identify. I'm not sure which part of your question even refers to the future. "By now" indicates the present. – joiedevivre May 5 '18 at 5:35
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If it hadn't started raining an hour ago, the match would have started by now.

If the coach had arrived on time, the match would have started by now.

These are past conditional sentences. You can read more about them at Education First and Learn American English Online.

If you're asking about the future perfect tense, everything I can find out about it uses 'will have' instead of 'would have', as in

"We're running late and we won't see the beginning, because the match will have started by now."

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However, there is an example given in the comments that might answer the question:

"The Mayor was supposed to start her speech at noon but she's been delayed so now she'll speak at 1 pm -- so the match, which would have started at half-past noon, will now start at half-past one."

  • These are not "future" sentences. They refer to past events which effected current events. Can you edit your answer to give examples where you can use "would have started" to refer to actual future events? – Andrew May 5 '18 at 3:39
  • @Andrew I don't know of a way to use 'would have started' to refer to future events. Had I understood the question as being about the future I wouldn't have tried to answer it. If that's what is being requested then I think the question should be edited to be more clear. It says nothing about the future. Only the title mentions the future. You have a lot of experience here and I believe that you're trying to help me by coaching, so I defer to your judgement. Once you've read this I'll delete my answer unless I can think of a way to use this in the future before then. – dwilli May 5 '18 at 4:31
  • dwilli, it's a fair point. I don't know for sure that free sniper is referring to future events -- but just in case I would add some example, for the sake of completeness. I was thinking something like, "The Mayor was supposed to start her speech at noon but she's been delayed so now she'll speak at 1 pm -- so the match, which would have started at half-past noon, will now start at half-past one." Could be I'm just looking for a more difficult question to answer :) – Andrew May 5 '18 at 4:44
  • @Andrew I actually think it's very cool that you and many of the other experienced contributors go around coaching questioners and other answerers. That's what a master teacher should do, IMHO. Judging from your accomplishments I can see why you might have already answered enough easy questions and might want to move on to something harder or more managerial. – dwilli May 5 '18 at 4:55
  • dwilli, No problem. I've upvoted your edited answer. Although I wouldn't put too much emphasis on points or history, since there are linguistics professionals on here who know much more than us dedicated amateurs. :) – Andrew May 5 '18 at 14:42

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