LS Refresher 16: Should/Would/Could Have

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Do you want to know when to use should have, could have, and would have? Check this post and find out.



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Could have

Could have means that something was possible in the past, but it did not happen.

Ex: I could have gone directly to college, but I decided to travel for a year.


Would have

Would have is a bit more difficult because it has two common structures. The first is with butI would have A, but I had to B. Use this structure to show that you wanted to do something in the past, but you could not.

Ex: I would have called, but there was no phone service.


Would have also forms the result clause of a past unreal conditional.

Ex: If I had known they were vegetarians, I would have made a salad.


Should have

Should have means that something did not happen, but we wish it had happened. We use should have to talk about past mistakes.

Ex: “I was so worried about you. You should have called!”



You can watch the video or listen to the audio file found in this path to know more about their use:

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For the transcript, please click here.






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