Third Conditional – The Difference Between Would, Would Have and Would Have Had
Have you ever wondered how to use, “would,” “would have,” and “would have had,” in English conversation, but weren’t sure how to use them? This new video teaches how to use the Third Conditional tense.
Would can be used at any time – used to express desires, or as the past tense of “will.” It sometimes denotes a polite preference or a polite way to request something.
Conditional Tense Examples with Would:
“I would like to speak English fluently.”
“He would like to try something new.”
“I would not be surprised if got lost, with those confusing directions.”
In other situations, it would be more natural to use “I’d,” instead of “I would.” This tends to be a little more casual.
Here are some examples:
“I’d like a cup of coffee, please.”
“I’d stay quiet, if I were you.”
“He’d never hurt you.”
“Would have” is a type 3 conditional that is used for situations that did not happen – an unreal, past situation. To describe a situation that “would have” happened if another situation were to take place.
Type 3 Conditional Examples with Would Have:
“I would have done it if I knew I had to.”
“He would have been more careful with it if he knew it was so fragile.”
“She would have never eaten that crayfish if she knew that she was allergic.”
“Would have had” – “Would have,” along with the past participle, “had,” can but used in situations that “would have” happened if another situation were to occur.
Conditional Perfect Examples with Would Have Had:
“I would have had a puppy if my parents thought I was responsible.”
“I would have had a lot of money if I didn’t waste it on nonsense.”
“He would’ve (would have) been interested in buying it if the salesman wasn’t so annoying.”
“I would’ve had a chance to talk to her if I didn’t leave the party early.”
In order to sound more natural, native English speakers usually shorten “would have” to “would’ve.” It sound far more natural to use “would’ve” in most situations.
On another note, you can further shorten it to make “woulda,” which only used in extremely casual situations.
In conclusion, the third conditional is used to describe the past. Use the third conditional to describe the results of situations that did not happen.
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