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Is it correct to say " In order to have been". I understand that without context the general meaning may be difficult to interpret, but could this even be used as a valid construction with the perfect infinitive?

  • It's fine. An example might be In order to have been in Paris that day, she would have needed to travel by Eurostar – BillJ Feb 29 '16 at 7:33
  • @BillJ Isn't it unnecessary? – user140086 Feb 29 '16 at 7:37
  • @Rathony What do you mean? – BillJ Feb 29 '16 at 7:38
  • @BillJ I mean "In order to be in Paris" could be enough to get the meaning across. – user140086 Feb 29 '16 at 7:39
  • @Rathony No, better to use a full sentence. – BillJ Feb 29 '16 at 7:43
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This use is absolutely usable and, in fact, probably the clearest way you could express your self in sentences like "In order to have been a suspect, she would have had to have been in the same area as the body was found."

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