1

I don´t understand the difference between both sentences. What can I ask my friend about her new job?

1 Answer 1

1

The form what would you have been doing strongly implies that it will not happen - that you have not got the job, or have no hope of getting the job (it is an irrealis, or counter-factual form).

With what would you be doing, the question of whether you will get the job is left open: you may or may not get it.

(The third form, which you didn't ask about, is what will you be doing, which implies that you definitely have the job.)

0

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.