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• Unit 1:  Negative and interrogative sentences
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• Unit 7:  Verb tenses: forms
• Unit 8:  Irregular verbs
• Unit 9:  Verb tenses: uses
• Unit 10:  Personal pronouns, possessives and reflexive pronouns
• Unit 11: The genitive case
• Unit 12: Singular and plural nouns
• Unit 13: Gender
• Unit 14: A, an, some, any, no, not, none, each, every and the; compounds of some, any, no and every
• Unit 15: Neither, not...either, none, not...any, both and all
• Unit 16: A few, few, a lot, lots, a little, little, many, much, no and plenty
• Unit 17: Enough, too, so and such
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• Unit 23: Infinitives, gerunds and present participles
• Unit 24: Conditional sentences
• Unit 25: Passive sentences
• Unit 26: Reported speech
• Unit 27: Purpose
• Unit 28: Word order
• Unit 29: Inversion
• Unit 30: Connectors
• Unit 31: Prepositions
• Unit 32: Phrasal verbs

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• Unit 2:  Some, any + body/one, + thing, + where
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• Unit 4:  Reflexive pronouns, the reciprocal pronoun "each other" and object pronouns
• Unit 5:  List of irregular verbs

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Jan 16, 2010, 9:36 AM

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thank you for your reply. I am still a bit confused. Would you please tell me what the following sentence means?

"The third day, however, the old man would have seen his friend's body being carried to the churchyard for burial."

Please just explain the meaning of the sentence.

Thank you

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Jan 17, 2010, 2:54 PM

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Re: [David] question [In reply to] Can't Post

Hello, David!

A wider context would help to explain the sentence better. It suggests to me that someone is expressing his or her opinion about something that happened in the past, that is, he or she is putting forward a hypothesis or saying the way something had occurred. "Would have seen" implies that the action was completed at that point in the past.

Compare these two sentences:
-The old man will have done/seen it by the end of the day (that is, the action will be over by the end of the day. Please have a look at http://www.polseguera.org/..._uses4.php#example67)
-The old man would have done/seen it by the end of that day. (This is the past form of the previous sentence, that is, the action would be over by the end of that day.)

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