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Could we use "would have + past participle" to express the speak's belief about something ?

For example :

  • I'm sure he would have killed her.
  • He definitely would have been listening when we fought yesterday.
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    To improve this question, what is "pp"? Present perfect, past perfect, present participle, past participle, perfectly pleasurable, probably patrician, ...? – whiskeychief Aug 16 '19 at 10:06
  • past participle – thedev09 Aug 16 '19 at 10:17
  • Please edit your question to make this more clear .. thank you and keep contributing! – whiskeychief Aug 16 '19 at 10:25
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Yes you can use would have + past principle.

It can have several things:

  • Being a conditional (describes a situation that didn’t happen and imagines the results of this situation)

  • Talk about something you wanted to do but didn’t

Here the sentence are a conditional.

An example in context:

If she saw him, I’m sure she would have killed her

Here its describing a situation that didn’t happen an imaging the results of such a situation. But here the written expresses more certainty that that is what happened, but as it didn’t happen you can’t be 100% sure.

  • I didn't mean that, I mean if we could use "could have +pp " to talk about what the speaker really believe happened but he don't have an evidence, for example : "We saw a police helicopter overhead yesterday morning ,They would have been looking for those bank robbers. " – thedev09 Aug 17 '19 at 5:34
  • @is Yes you can use that – user85640 Aug 17 '19 at 6:12

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