YUK: I would have liked to have been there [ too much verb! ]
Which do we all prefer? I would like to have been there or I would have liked to be there. Same? No difference?
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Oh, I hate this one.

I would like to have been there. = Now I wish I had been there

I would have liked to be there. = I wished to be there then.
What I would write:
I would have liked to have been there.
What I would probably say:
I wish I coulda bin there.
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Philip[ too much verb! ]
That reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from Firefly:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFPbAqOKeV0

(For those of you not (yet) FIrefly fans, yes, that's Ron Glass from "Barney Miller.")
Blue JayWhat I would probably say:I wish I coulda bin there.
Well, why don't we just change this a little bit?

I wished I could have been there, or I wanted to have been there.
Or I would have liked to have been able to have been there?
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Mister MicawberOr I would have liked to have been able to have been there?
Oh, Lord, MM! Philip was upset over five verbs, and you've made it eight!
PhilipI would have liked to be there.
When I researched this some time ago I found that most of the sources I found on-line that contained an opinion about this said that the form shown above is the correct one. I have recommended it myself in a few posts here and there over the years.

CJ
CalifJim: PhilipI would have liked to be there the form shown above is the correct one.
...and the rationale given?
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