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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I would have liked to have if I had to have...what?
Most people appear to be confused about would have. I hear them saying things like this:
I would have like to have gone, but I didn't get to.
What they don't know is this: you don't need more than one "have." They can say it either of two ways:
I would like to have gone... I would have liked to go...