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Joe: I don't know who was at the party.

Hose: I think Davis would have been at the party.


Is this short conversation correct? I used 'would have' to show presumption or expectation as one dictionary states it could be used for. Thank you in advance.

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It's correct, but native speakers rarely use 'would have been' in this way.

More natural English is this.

Joe: I don't know who was at the party.

Hose: I think Davis was probably there.

Avoid repetition,of 'at the party'.

Clive

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Clive

It's correct, but native speakers rarely use 'would have been' in this way.

More natural English is this.

Joe: I don't know who was at the party.

Hose: I think Davis was probably there.

Avoid repetition,of 'at the party'.

Clive

Thank you, Clive. Would you mind checking this one?

Alex: I saw a helicopter hovering over the city.

Jones: They would have been looking for the robbers.

I found this in Macmillion dictionary. Is this conversation correct and if yes, has ‘would have’ been used the same way as the my first conversation? Thank you in advance.

Alex: I saw a helicopter hovering over the city.

Jones: They would have been looking for the robbers.

I found this in Macmillion dictionary. Is this conversation correct and if yes, has ‘would have’ been used the same way as the my first conversation?

Alex: I saw a helicopter hovering over the city. If Alex is in the city, he doesn't need to add 'over the city'.

Also, hovering is what helicopters do a lot, so he doesn't need to say that.

Jones: They would have been looking for the robbers.

I found this in Macmillion dictionary. Is this conversation correct and if yes, has ‘would have’ been used the same way as the my first conversation? Yes, but my comment is the same as before. People rarely say that.

Clive

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Clive

Alex: I saw a helicopter hovering over the city. If Alex is in the city, he doesn't need to add 'over the city'.

Also, hovering is what helicopters do a lot, so he doesn't need to say that.

Jones: They would have been looking for the robbers.

I found this in Macmillion dictionary. Is this conversation correct and if yes, has ‘would have’ been used the same way as the my first conversation? Yes, but my comment is the same as before. People rarely say that.

Clive

Thank you again. Correction: I found it at https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-modal-would.htm

And I quote:

would for presumption or expectation

  • That would be Jo calling. I'll answer it.
  • We saw a police helicopter overhead yesterday morning. | Really? They would have been looking for those bank robbers.

do you still stand by your point after seeing this example from the website? I am sorry to ask a lot for confirmation.

Clive

Alex: I saw a helicopter hovering over the city. If Alex is in the city, he doesn't need to add 'over the city'.

Also, hovering is what helicopters do a lot, so he doesn't need to say that.

Jones: They would have been looking for the robbers.

I found this in Macmillion dictionary. Is this conversation correct and if yes, has ‘would have’ been used the same way as the my first conversation? Yes, but my comment is the same as before. People rarely say that.

Clive

Thank you again. Correction: I found it at https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-modal-would.htm

And I quote:

would for presumption or expectation

  • That would be Jo calling. I'll answer it.
  • We saw a police helicopter overhead yesterday morning. | Really? They would have been looking for those bank robbers.

do you still stand by your point after seeing this example from the website? I am sorry to ask a lot for confirmation.

Yes, I do.

Clive

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Yes, I do.

Clive

Thanks, Clive.