Dec 21, 2019
We often receive questions from
English learners all over the world! While we cannot always answer
every single one in detail, we really appreciate hearing from you
and some of your inquiries make for great lesson ideas. In this
video, Vanessa will explain would have been in English grammar.
This was an excellent question from one of our online
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First of all, let’s take a moment
to talk about pronunciation. Would + have is often shortened into
“woulda” when speaking but not in writing.
For example, you might say
something like, “I would have been there for your birthday party
but I was sick in bed with the flu.”
This shows that you intended to
be there but something came up that prevented you from
Things would have been different
if another situation or condition had been met. In the above
example, if I had not been sick.
You can also use “would have been
better” to give advice.