Leonard: Hi, I’m Leonard, this is Sheldon.

Sheldon: Hello.

Leonard: What did I just…. Uh, we’re here to pick up Penny’s TV.

Voice: Get lost.

Sheldon: Okay, thanks for your time.

Leonard: We’re not going to give up just like that.

Sheldon: Leonard, the TV is in the building, we’ve been denied access to the building, ergo we are done.

Leonard: Excuse me, if I were to give up at the first little hitch I never would have been able to identify the fingerprints of string theory in the aftermath of the big bang.

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Above is an excerpt from the American drama, 'Big Bang theory'.

The underlined part refers to the past or future?
Past. Compare "would have been" with "will be".
Thanks JoshStafford!!
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Unrelated to the question at hand, Big Bang Theory is a comedy, not a drama. (Just thought I'd work on your vocabulary while this thread was open.)
Thanks Grammar Geek....

But, I can't seem to be following you....

work on my vocabulary?

What vocabulary?

I'd love to be worked on my vocabulary by you, but I don't see any vocabulary work-on here...

Please enlighten me!!
The vocabulary words I meant were "comedy" and "drama."

Since you used the wrong word, I thought I'd point that out so you could make sure you had those two vocabulary words properly sorted in your head.
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Yes, Yes....

I see, Grammar Geek....

Many thanks!!