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Present continuous tense with a perfect continuous infinitive

Is this sentence correct? My niece is pretending to have been playing the piano for a whole hour. With this sentence I want to describe a situation when a girl is pretending at the moment of my ...
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I'm too late to remind him

Suppose my brother's school is closed today (for some reason). I knew it and he did too. But he forgot it and left for school. After that I say this to our mother: I'm too late to remind him his ...
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Repeating the subject rather than using perfect infinitive in passive sentences

Is it allowed to rewrite [repeating the subject] this passive sentence: She is reported to have died in a plane crash. into this: She is reported that she has died in a plane crash. I'm in doubt ...
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would + perfect infinitive with future perspective

Even if I hadn't reminded you, you would still have cleaned the room tomorrow. Even if I hadn't reminded you, you would still clean the room tomorrow. Does the second sentence sound equally natural? ...
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What is the difference between "have to do", "have to have done", "had to do" and "had to have done"?

Could you tell what is the difference in meaning between the following sentences? To get a place at the college, you have to pass the exams. To get a place at the college, you have to have passed ...
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Perfect gerund usage

She denied seeing him yesterday. vs She denied having seen him yesterday. What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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"Would have been able to do something" vs "would have been able to have done something"

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences. If I had worked overtime, I wouldn't have been able to finish my project. If I had worked overtime, I ...
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would rather hadn't stayed / not have stayed

I think there is difference between these two sentences, but can't quite feel it. Could anyone tell me if there is indeed some distinction. 1) He would rather hadn't stayed for dinner 2) He would ...
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It will have been possible to come there by evening

How can we say the next sentence correct if it's wrong: It will have been possible to come there by the evening I don't know which verb should be in Perfect: Will have been or To have come ...
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Perfect Infinitive Problem

1) She was to have returned yesterday, but she fell ill. 2) She was to return yesterday, but she fell ill. Does both the sentence have same meaning?
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would rather have v3 than v3 or would rather have v3 than vinf

What would be the correct structure for "would rather...than..." in past aspect? 1.) would rather have v3 than v3 ex. He would rather have gone out than stayed. 2.) would rather have v3 than ...
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Had to have been

I watch a very popular video game streamer, he is American and I have just heard him say "It had to have been". After that I immediately rushed to https://www.englishpage.com/modals/haveto.html, but ...
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To indicate to which time "having been" is used?

To have loved and lost is better than never to have loved at all. Having loved and lost is better than never having loved at all. Having been loved and lost is better than never having been loved at ...
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Use of Perfect Infinitive

1 He is understood to have left India for good last year. 2 The scientist claim to have discovered cure for AIDS and the medicine will be put on sale very soon. 3 He pretended to have lost her ...
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Perfect Infinitive: To + have

She denied to have seen him yesterday. She denied seeing him yesterday. She denied having seen him yesterday. Are these sentences grammatically correct? Do they mean the same?
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