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Is “What would have happened if you were a few minutes later?” grammatical? [duplicate]

I read this sentence in a movie What would have happened if you were a few minutes later? I think that the sentence "What would have happened if you were a few minutes later?" is wrong ...
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Perfect construction in a complement

According to @StoneyB's Cannonical Post #2 . States cannot serve as the complement in Wh-cleft constructions. As an example there, What John did was have written three novels. – This is not ...
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What does “has had” mean in sentences?

I came across many sentences which have has had, had had for example The one that has had the most profound impact is generics I wanted to know what are the basic rule of using those?
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A question regarding usage “by the time”?

Suppose you send a message to a person which is not online! I know By the time you see this message I will have been done with my task means that my task is already finished some time before he ...
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When should we use “Perfect infinitive” instead of “infinitive” in passive voice?

I was doing exercises from great blue textbook when I met the difficult one. Please, explain me the difference between usage infinitive and present infinitive in passive voice. Foe example: Do you ...
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How to say in correct tense

I want to say in English about some fact in the past, but it has an impact the present: I have starting going to the gym last week? (I still go there) or I have started going to the gym last ...
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What does this sentence imply?

I'm Korean and studying English for speaking. I have a question about the context of present perfect tence. If I say: He has worked there for 3 years. does this imply that he is still working at ...
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He has been watching TV

1.He has been watching TV. What does this sentence mean? Does it mean that the person started watching TV sometime before and still watching it or the person started watching TV sometime before and ...
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What combination of tense and aspect is “It has already been planned”?

I have been learning English grammar and I’ve encountered a sentence that I cannot identify as being in any of the tenses that I know. This one’s got me really confused: It has already been planned....
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How to describe one event that preceded the other with “was” or “had been”?

I know there are a lot of similar topics, but I couldn't find the exact answer for my question. I need to describe a situation in which one event preceded the other and I couldn’t do it with simple ...
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Should I use perfect or not?

I saw an advertisement in the newspaper. I want to send an e-mail regarding the advertisement. Should I write it as: I saw your advert in the newspaper. I have seen your advert in the newspaper. If ...
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“…to understand what he did / had done.”

The context is that a mathematician solves a great problem and publishes his proof. He was known as a great mathematician and everyone wanted to understand what he had done. Everything is clear ...
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“But the idea that someone might be arming the Seam would never have been allowed” — why “would have”?

From The Hunger Games: My bow is a rarity, crafted by my father along with a few others that I keep well hidden in the woods, carefully wrapped in waterproof covers. My father could have made good ...
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Grammar: Past perfect tense

If someone just told me about some celebrity I didn't know about all my life. would it be natural to express this in past perfect tense. For instance: Someone tells me about me about Mohammed Ali and ...
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Future Perfect continuous question

Wondering if it is correct to use Future Perfect continuous time in the sentence: "We will have been eating by 8pm tomorrow, so plz come at 9pm." Or it is better to us Future Perfect: "We will have ...
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Equivalents of Russian perfective/imperfective verbs

Which one of the sentences means "Ne ustanovili pravila", but don't "Ne ustanavlivali pravila"? They didn't set rules. or They didn't have to set rules. What is the difference? Which one makes ...
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Usage of “had” in this context

We had better get out of here before they see us. Is "had" absolutely necessary here? Will the sentence be correct without "had": We better get out of here before they see us.
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Took a subject vs Have taken a subject

If I am talking about my undergraduate studies, which of the following two is correct? I have taken calculus in my undergraduate studies. I took calculus in my undergraduate studies.
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Present perfect

You have applied to the job on 29th January. Is the present perfect sentence correct though it has specific time.
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“Had hosted” vs “had been hosting”: What's the difference?

Steve Irwin was the host of various nature shows on TV before he was killed in an accident. Steve had hosted nature shows for a long time before he had his accident. What's the difference between ...
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past simple or past perfect why

Please take a look at the sleeve notes of the revolving paint dreams lp "off to heaven"creation lp a great record by the way. The last story I heard that Alan Mc Gee (boss label) had tried to ...
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Problems with perfect tenses

I have some problems with Present Perfect tenses. I often see in movies or in books where 2 characters are talking about situation that take place right now. When they see the result, instead of using ...
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Will be done vs will have been done

Everything will be done by Tuesday. Everything will have been done by Tuesday. What is the difference (semantic, grammatical), if any, between the two? My question is different from this one ...
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usage of present perfect tense

My question is about the use of present perfect tense. To my knowledge this tense is used for the actions that have started in the past and continues up until now. I have questions about different ...
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Is past perfect most appropriate here?

Which sentence is correct? It was very easy for us to adjust to our new home because we were already used to living in a big city. It was very easy for us to adjust to our new home because we had ...
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about past perfect

Pocho had made the decision to live near the human who had saved his life, so he soon became a member of the Snedden family. By now, Chito remarried, and together they had a daughter. Both, ...
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Having pp, have pp sentence

I'd like to ask questions about the exact tense of participial construction like the following sentence. Having worked in the industry over the years, I have sometimes been surprised to see young ...
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My intention is (to finish/to have finished) my studies by June

My intention is to finish my studies by June. My intention is to have finished my studies by June. Is it correct to say 1 or 2? If both are correct, are there any differences between them?
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In this sentence, “HAD TO” vs “HAD HAD TO”?

Here's a sentence written in my textbook. In the past, I had to sit on the floor at most restaurants in Korean until chairs started to catch on a lot more recently. The situation I had to sit on ...