|The third conditional: 'could have', would have', and 'should have'|
Recently we looked at three uses of the conditional. There is also a fourth type of condition, which is often referred to as the third conditional.
Hani Al-Shoulah from Saudi Arabia asks:
Please check the following sentence for me: ‘I had never should leave the job.?What I mean is that the action of leaving the job has been made. After that, I recognised that what I did was wrong. Therefore, is the tense of the above-mentioned sentence correct? If not, please advise me.
not quite right syntactically, Hani. To express this idea, you need
should have + past participle, so it should read:
that if we wish to give emphasis to the condition and make it sound
more dramatic and formal, we can omit if in the subordinate
clause and invert subject and verb:
In the examples above, note that if only is used to express a strong wish or regret and that could have suggests a probable or possible outcome (cf. might have.)
are some further examples of the latter:
Finally, do you remember those first three uses of the conditional?