Questions tagged [perfect-constructions]

Perfect constructions employ a form of HAVE as an auxiliary and the past participle of a lexical verb to express past events as a current state.

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If this 'would' were 'would have p.p', is it not an irrealis but past form of would?

Then she remembered; Paul and Minta and Andrew had not come back. She summoned before her again the little group on the terrace in front of the hall door, standing looking up into the sky. Andrew had ...
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When 'past modal+have+past participle' accompanies with past tense in a sentence, can it be before the past or at the past?

Hermione, however, had more on her mind than the Sorcerer's Stone. She had started drawing up study schedules and colorcoding all her notes. Harry and Ron wouldn't have minded,[A1] but she kept ...
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Why does this infinitive have perfect tense?

She [my mother] quadrupled her already fabulous record and she was awarded the fairest prize of all - a ride in an army airplane. Oh, we were proud kids! Even vicariously this was an eminence we ...
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Haven't {eaten / ate}?

While chatting with somebody, I first used haven't eaten, then I thought that it was wrong, and switched to haven't ate. Apparently, haven't ate is the one which is wrong. Can someone explain the ...
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What does this perfect tense intend to say?

Quirrell's voice trailed away. Harry was remembering his trip to Diagon Alley - how could he have been so stupid? He'd seen Quirrell there that very day, shaken hands with him in the Leaky Cauldron. (...
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“read and accepted” or “read and accept”?

Is this phrase correct? By purchasing this product, you certify that you have read and accepted the Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions... Is it just me or it feels like "read and accepted" ...
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When should I use “didn't” instead of “haven't”?

Is haven't supposed to mean something I may still do and didn't not? Can I use didn't for something I might still do?

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