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Hi everyone,
Why it's" i would have been"?
Why not "would"?

I’ll tell ya, when I think about you going to college in Vegas, it just, I.... It’s so
hard for me to believe because I think of myself going to college when I was 18. And, y’know, I just, I would have been like a kid in the candy store there.

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Siavash MoghaddasianWhy it's" i would have been"?

Because it is referring to an imagined event in the past.

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Thank you very much.

Would you please make some examples to clarify it further?

E.g.:

If I was/were at college in Vegas, I would be like a kid in a candy store. (now)
If I'd gone to college in Vegas, I would have been like a kid in a candy store.
(in the past)

If I knew, I would tell you. (now)
If I'd known, I would have told you. (in the past)

If I was offered the job, I would take it. (in the future)
If I had been offered the job, I would have taken it. (in the past)

Do not confuse this with the use of "would" for regular/habitual action in the past. For example, "When I was young, we would always go to stay with my grandparents for the summer." This is a different usage.

Thank you so much for your help.

Really thanks.

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