Originally Posted By: donald perry
Originally Posted By: Mike Rawdon
[quote=donald perry"Spoke" is past tense, but I said "would have", which is future tense.


Bzzzt! "Would have" is the conditional past tense. Future tense is "will (do)".


Bzzzt! Counterfactual conditional. Hypothetically a condition that is known to be false, or presented as unlikely, and here on two counts. [/quote]

I was referring to the main clause only and stand by my statement. "Would have" is not future tense.

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