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Hi,

I am new at this community but it looks very great. I am studying Economiecs in Vienna but I have big problems with the grammar at exam. I failed already 3 times.

What is the difference between Would have doubled or will have doubled?

Example (taken from an exam):

Indeed,, last year Solvedt told one interviewer that Denpack's turnover would have doubled within a five-year period from the time of their discussion.

Why can't I say "will have doubled"?

Is the reason because the sentence is in past?

Thank you for any reply.
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IMO, this is indirect/reported speech (said) and conditionals (would)

In direct speech, Solvedt says at the time of the interview:
"I think that Denpack turnover would double within five years from today. "
(I don't think he's certain about it)


In reported speech in the past:
Last year Solvedt told one interviewer that Denpack's turnover would have doubled within a five-year period from the time of their discussion.

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After past reporting verbs, conditional sentences referring to "unreal" situations are often reported with past conditionals.

Direct: If I had any money I'd buy you a drink.
Indirect: She said if she had had any money she would have bought me a drink. ( or She said if she had any money she would buy ...)

Swan, Practical English Usage, p. 482
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Yes, it is, becasue it is in the past.
1- "Will" implies certainty: I will go to the park later on.

2- "Would" implies an intention to do something IF a certain condition is met: I would go to the park if it stops raining.

When using "would" in a sentence, there has to always be a conditional clause, i.e. a clause with "if".

Also, "would" is used to talk about the past: I would have done it yesterday IF I was given the opportunity.

Hope that clears it up. Emotion: big smile
AnonymousWhen using "would" in a sentence, there has to always be a conditional clause, i.e. a clause with "if".
That sentence is so overly simplified that it's just plain wrong, Anon. Would you care to reword that? Emotion: wink
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thanks i understood where to usw will.would and would haveEmotion: smile
Will is a definite statement, which means that you are certain that the future action is going to take place.

Would is conditional. It implies you are unsure and may need additional info before taking an action.
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