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What is the meaning of 'would' in the following sentence?

It's not what we would have expected from a professional service.

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In a conditional sense, but not fully said:

  1. It's not what we would have expected from a professional service If I had requested it.
  2. It's not what we would have expected from a professional service If I requested it.

You can introduce the conditional clause regarding the context.

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  • Could you tell me why you have crossed the sentence if i had requested,had requested. I'm also confused, In one place there is had requested and requested in another place, why ?
    – yubraj
    May 7, 2016 at 2:40
  • @yubrajsharma Because I used a mixed conditional. They are struckout because are implicitly mentioned to form the conditional construction.
    – Schwale
    May 7, 2016 at 2:42
  • I'm afraid to say I'm not understanding what you're saying
    – yubraj
    May 7, 2016 at 3:53
  • @yubrajsharma The "if I had..." part is left unsaid. You don't need to say it, but it's understood as completing the conditional. Does that make sense? If not, can you explain what is confusing you?
    – user32753
    Dec 5, 2016 at 1:02

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