In an email I received, the professor wrote:

I am trying to decide how best to proceed with our content for this week. For now, I will post slides for what would have been today's lecture by this afternoon.

I thought the structure would have been is associated with the past (conditionals and modals). Then why did she use this structure in this case?

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Her statement is associated with the past.

Something has happened which caused her to not take an action (presumably teaching your class.) As a result of this occurrence, she is still going to post the slides which she planned to use for your lecture.

  • Oh, so it does refer to the past. But I still don't understand. Because when I received the email, the class hadn't even started yet. So it seems "future" to me.
    – lans
    Commented Nov 16, 2018 at 1:50

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