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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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It is indeed the 3rd conditional in a roundabout way.

If Jim had planked Dwight in 'The Office', it is estimated he would have spent between $7000 and $10000.

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Tsering SherpaIs this sentence correct?

Yes.

Tsering SherpaWhat kind of ‘would have’ is this?

I consider it a past probability, i.e., a 'would of probability' in the past.

It is estimated that Jim would have spent ...
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It is estimated that Jim probably spent ...

You can also call it 'speculative would'. You can make up any name that makes sense for the situation. Here's some speculation about prehistoric man.

... and built fires for cooking. Grains of fossilized pollen reveal that they ate plants and seeds. Adults would have burned 3,500 to 5,000 calories a day in pursuit of food.

CJ

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Can somebody knowledgeable answer my question please?

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I did answer your question!

It is being used as 3rd conditional. I showed you how. I restructured the sentence to show you that 'would have' is being used as the 3rd conditional.

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Tsering SherpaIs this sentence correct?

Yes.

Tsering SherpaWhat kind of ‘would have’ is this?

I consider it a past probability, i.e., a 'would of probability' in the past.

It is estimated that Jim would have spent ...
~
It is estimated that Jim probably spent ...

You can also call it 'speculative would'. You can make up any name that makes sense for the situation. Here's some speculation about prehistoric man.

... and built fires for cooking. Grains of fossilized pollen reveal that they ate plants and seeds. Adults would have burned 3,500 to 5,000 calories a day in pursuit of food.

CJ

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Thank you, CJ. Just to be sure, this is not a third conditional sentence, correct?

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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?

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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

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