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Im not sure i understand the correct grammar for this sentence:

Yes, it would have been very awkward.

  • or

Yes, it would had been very awkward.

it's referring to a time in the past.

What are the rules when using have or had in this situation?

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    Would have been. Would is a modal auxiliary, which must be followed by an infinitive verb form. Had is a past tense verb form; have is an infinitive verb form. Q.E.D. – John Lawler Oct 21 '15 at 20:17
  • Welcome user3796133, I think this question can best be answered by searching on line for conditional past perfect. You will find many explanations. Here is one englishpage.com/conditional/pastconditional.html – chasly from UK Oct 21 '15 at 20:52
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"would have been"

The other one is totally, irrevocably, astoundingly wrong.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_conditional_sentences

Et voila.

  • Thank you, i thought that it was fine as the other did sound quite wrong, though i had seen a few examples of people saying "would had", "would have" in that situation as both being okay. – user3796133 Oct 21 '15 at 20:48
  • Do you have a link to a text where someone says 'would had'? Or to someone saying it is okay? – chasly from UK Oct 21 '15 at 20:50

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