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It is estimated that Jim would have spent somewhere between $7000 and $10000 pranking Dwight in ‘The Office.’


I saw this post on Facebook. Is this sentence correct? What kind of ‘would have’ is this? I don’t think it’s a third conditional would.

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CalifJim
Tsering SherpaJust to be sure, this is not a third conditional sentence, correct?

I don't see an if-clause, do you?

I don't see any part of the sentence that can be taken as an implicit condition, do you?

Given that there are no signs of a third conditional structure, I think we have to conclude it's not a third conditional sentence, don't you?

CJ

Addendum.

Oh. I just saw that someone else above interpreted "pranking Dwight in ‘The Office'" as an implicit condition. If you know the background of that television series, though, you know that Jim did prank Dwight in that show, so it's very doubtful that the writer could have meant "IF Jim had pranked Dwight", which is a counterfactual that implies "Jim did not prank Dwight".

CJ

Thank you CJ. Yes that other user’s reply made me ask that question. You are awesome.

EnglishUSAWhat does this mean?[answered at the request of the OP]

It means I received a PM from the Original Poster requesting that I take a look at his/her question. Occasionally students do that if they have a favorite trusted moderator who has given them good answers in the past. (I hope it doesn't become a widespread habit.)

Normally it's just the luck of the draw who answers what questions, and who joins the discussion. I add that note in cases where I wouldn't have participated in the thread if I had not been requested to do so.

CJ

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Tsering Sherpa,

It has come to my attention that you did not trust my initial answer to your question regarding the use of 'would have' and you sent a private message to another teacher asking for an answer.

While I understand your need to learn the proper use of the modal verb 'would have', I hope in the future you might consider communicating your doubt about my answer directly with me.

I am a volunteer choosing to help students who want to better their English. I ask you to please respect my valuable time.

Thank you!

EnglishUSA

Tsering Sherpa,

It has come to my attention that you did not trust my initial answer to your question regarding the use of 'would have' and you sent a private message to another teacher asking for an answer.

While I understand your need to learn the proper use of the modal verb 'would have', I hope in the future you might consider communicating your doubt about my answer directly with me.

I am a volunteer choosing to help students who want to better their English. I ask you to please respect my valuable time.

Thank you!

Well, I appreciate your valuable time but all I am looking for is a correct answer. There are many users on this forum that answer the posts without having adequate knowledge about English. As a result, it confuses those who are learning English instead of getting help. In this case, your answer was wrong and Califjim answer was right. Had I not asked Califjim, I would have got the wrong answer.