Would have been

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Would have been

Post by AsimAbbas » Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:04 am

Hello there,

I have a question which made me quite confused. The question is that I heard from someone " we are black, 200 years ago this would have been an auction". Is this phrase simple past , if so , why is it not " 200 years ago this used to.be an auction". Please explain to me this phrase.
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Re: Would have been

Post by Alan » Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:27 am

No, it is a past conditional (hypothetical).