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5 months ago
In the Soviet Union, bribing government-employed sales clerks to avoid
standing in line for scarce items, or just to find out when a shipment
of oranges or imported Western shoes
would be on sale, was established
Should it be "would have been" here instead?
Dec 4, 2022 at 3:54
No, it's correct as is.
It's the past form of "will be". "Would have been" is unreal past. This is not unreal.
Dec 4, 2022 at 18:48
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