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a1)I thought you would take a cab
a2)I thought you would've taken a cab.
b1)I thought it would be a good movie.
b2)I thought it would've been a good movie.
c1)I thought you would like him.
c2)I thouht you would've liked him.

Dear teachers

What's the difference between a1), b1), c1) and a2), b2), c2)?

My friend told me that he would take a cab, but then he took a bus over. Should I say,"I thought you would take a cab,"or "I thought you would've taken a cab?"

My friend said either worked. But somehow I think there's still a subtle difference between them.

Thanks for answering
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Davidrock65a1)I thought you would take a cab
a2)I thought you would've taken a cab.
b1)I thought it would be a good movie.
b2)I thought it would've been a good movie.
c1)I thought you would like him.
c2)I thouht you would've liked him.

Dear teachers

What's the difference between a1), b1), c1) and a2), b2), c2)?

My friend told me that he would take a cab, but then he took a bus over. Should I say,"I thought you would take a cab,"or "I thought you would've taken a cab?"

My friend said either worked. But somehow I think there's still a subtle difference between them.

Thanks for answering
Each of the pairs of sentences carry about the same meanig. The (2's) are definitely referring to past action. The (1's) have present or possibly past reference.
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I completely agree with Phillip.

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Dear Philip

I thought refers to the past. How could (1's) have present reference?

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Davidrock65Dear Philip

I thought refers to the past. How could (1's) have present reference?

Thanks for answering
Casual speech. "I thought we'd go to a movie tonight'. Your point is well taken, however, as "could" might be better here.
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