if + PAST PERFECT + MODAL VERBS

if + PAST PERFECT + MODAL VERBS

Point 112 in CLAUSES/conditional is defined as:

Conditional subordinate clauses with ‘if’ + the past perfect simple and modal verb + ‘have’ + ‘-ed’ in the main clause, to talk about imagined situations in the past, often with regret.

iWeb doesn’t allow long searches such as:

_VM have_VVN * if * had _VVN

So we can start this with half the search and then manually look through the data for the other half.

1 IF I HAD KNOWN 3261
2 IF NOTHING HAD HAPPENED 1126
3 IF YOU HAD ASKED 1069
4 IF YOU HAD TOLD 941
5 IF I HAD GONE 828
6 IF I HAD SEEN 745
7 IF HE HAD KNOWN 640
8 IF I HAD USED 612
9 IF I HAD TAKEN 608
10 IF HE HAD SAID 554
11 IF I HAD MADE 553
12 IF THEY HAD KNOWN 522
13 IF SOMEONE HAD TOLD 464
14 IF THIS HAD HAPPENED 455
15 IF WE HAD KNOWN 442
16 IF YOU HAD READ 441
17 IF I HAD TRIED 421
18 IF I HAD GOTTEN 421
19 IF HE HAD SEEN 406
20 IF IT HAD HAPPENED 403
21 IF YOU HAD SAID 395
22 IF I HAD READ 366
23 IF HE HAD TAKEN 366
24 IF I HAD STAYED 360
25 IF THEY HAD SEEN 352
26 IF I HAD WANTED 349
27 IF I HAD BOUGHT 349
28 IF YOU HAD USED 333
29 IF YOU HAD BOUGHT 318
30 IF YOU HAD TAKEN 314
31 IF I HAD SAID 313
32 IF I HAD THOUGHT 301
33 IF HE HAD LIVED 297
34 IF YOU HAD KNOWN 294
35 IF HE HAD GONE 284
36 IF THEY HAD TAKEN 277
37 IF THAT HAD HAPPENED 271
38 IF WE HAD USED 264
39 IF HE HAD STAYED 262
40 IF WE HAD GONE 261
41 IF I HAD ASKED 259
42 IF I HAD FOUND 253
43 IF I HAD WAITED 249
44 IF IT HAD GONE 249
45 IF YOU HAD SEEN 244
46 IF IT HAD COME 240

47 IF YOU HAD INVESTED 236

If you had invested a dollar 20 years ago in a portfolio of companies

that focused narrowly on making more money quarter by quarter,

that one dollar would have grown to 14 dollars and 46 cents.

 

48 IF HE HAD MADE 232
49 IF I HAD PAID 229
50 IF I HAD WRITTEN 225
51 IF HE HAD HEARD 205
52 IF I HAD GIVEN 198
53 IF I HAD KEPT 197
54 IF SHE HAD KNOWN 176
55 IF THEY HAD MADE 174
56 IF YOU HAD MADE 171
57 IF THEY HAD GONE 165
58 IF I HAD HEARD 153
59 IF I HAD CHOSEN 146
60 IF I HAD STARTED 145
61 IF YOU HAD GONE 131
62 IF THEY HAD USED 130
63 IF HE HAD WANTED 130
64 IF I HAD PUT 118
65 IF THEY HAD STAYED 114
66 IF I HAD LEFT 114
67 IF YOU HAD PURCHASED 109
68 IF HE HAD USED 109
69 IF GOD HAD WANTED 106
70 IF WE HAD TAKEN 105
71 IF THEY HAD COME 104
72 IF YOU HAD CHOSEN 103
73 IF HE HAD PLAYED 103
74 IF I HAD CONTINUED 102
75 IF THEY HAD RECEIVED 99
76 IF YOU HAD PAID 97
77 IF THEY HAD HEARD 97
78 IF THEY HAD CHOSEN 96
79 IF I HAD SPENT 95
80 IF HE HAD COME 94
81 IF THINGS HAD GONE 94
82 IF SOMEONE HAD SAID 92
83 IF I HAD TOLD 92
84 IF HE HAD GOTTEN 92
85 IF I HAD LISTENED 92
86 IF YOU HAD PUT 91
87 IF I HAD LET 89
88 IF THEY HAD KEPT 88


 

1 WOULD HAVE MADE 32292
2 WOULD HAVE THOUGHT 31800
3 WOULD HAVE LIKED 26488
4 MAY HAVE NOTICED 20383
5 WOULD HAVE TAKEN 19768
6 MAY HAVE HEARD 17388
7 MAY HAVE SEEN 15937
8 WOULD HAVE GONE 14581
9 WOULD HAVE LOVED 13844
10 COULD HAVE MADE 13815
11 WOULD HAVE GIVEN 13574
12 SHOULD HAVE KNOWN 12941
13 COULD HAVE GONE 12427
14 WOULD HAVE HAPPENED 11396
15 COULD HAVE USED 11349
16 WOULD HAVE SEEN 10742
17 WOULD HAVE SAID 10316
18 WOULD HAVE PREFERRED 10293
19 WOULD HAVE EXPECTED 10040
20 MAY HAVE MISSED 9936
21 WOULD HAVE GOTTEN 9680
22 WOULD HAVE KNOWN 8879
23 MUST HAVE COMPLETED 8677
24 MAY HAVE COME 8493
25 MAY HAVE CHANGED 8445
26 MAY HAVE MADE 8363
27 COULD HAVE GOTTEN 7940
28 WOULD HAVE FOUND 7390
29 COULD HAVE HAPPENED 7231
30 MAY HAVE TAKEN 7161

31 MAY HAVE CAUSED 7038 

*not one example in 1000 lines (checked manually) match our grammar!

32 WOULD HAVE COME 6981

33 COULD HAVE TAKEN 6711
34 SHOULD HAVE TAKEN 6706
35 COULD HAVE IMAGINED 6690
36 MAY HAVE FOUND 6664
37 SHOULD HAVE GONE 6439
38 WOULD HAVE HELPED 6380
39 SHOULD HAVE MADE 6207
40 MIGHT HAVE NOTICED 6193
41 WOULD HAVE REQUIRED 6176
42 WOULD HAVE WANTED 6154
43 MIGHT HAVE SEEN 6136
44 WOULD HAVE PUT 6126
45 WOULD HAVE LOOKED 6033
46 WOULD HAVE COST 5979
47 WOULD HAVE USED 5871
48 MIGHT HAVE MADE 5866
49 WOULD HAVE WON 5848
50 SHOULD HAVE SAID 5760
51 MIGHT HAVE MISSED 5723
52 WOULD HAVE WORKED 5722
53 WOULD HAVE PAID 5539
54 WOULD HAVE ALLOWED 5454
55 WOULD HAVE SAVED 5317
56 SHOULD HAVE SEEN 5259
57 COULD HAVE COME 5192
58 WOULD HAVE RECEIVED 5102
59 MAY HAVE LOST 5035
60 MAY HAVE GOTTEN 5019
61 MIGHT HAVE HEARD 5006
62 WOULD HAVE LOST 4990
63 MAY HAVE GONE 4983
64 COULD HAVE SAVED 4879
65 WOULD HAVE TOLD 4822
66 WOULD HAVE LEFT 4813
67 WOULD HAVE MEANT 4688


68 MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED 4528

*although ‘may have contributed’ is not in the string of grammar we are searching for, it helped locate the following sentence.

Source http://www.nea.org/tools/16899.htm
Title NEA – Research Spotlight on Academic Ability Grouping

I was acting out because of boredom and my teachers told my mother that I could find 101 things to do with a pencil and writing with it was not one of those things, and it was even suggested that being held back may have contributed to my ADHD. Ability grouping could have greatly benefitted me even if all they had done was technically place me in a higher-grade level... that would have effectively allowed me to continue learning while other students my age caught up to me…


69 WOULD HAVE DIED 4415
70 MUST HAVE TAKEN 4331
71 MAY HAVE USED 4327
72 MAY HAVE OCCURRED 4307
73 SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED 4276
74 COULD HAVE CAUSED 4267
75 MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT 4265
76 MUST HAVE FELT 4246
77 WOULD HAVE BOUGHT 4243
78 WOULD HAVE GOT 4158
79 WOULD HAVE NEEDED 4062
80 WOULD HAVE TURNED 4029
81 WOULD HAVE GUESSED 4020
82 MAY HAVE HELPED 3987
83 WOULD HAVE FELT 3956
84 MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED 3940
85 MAY HAVE THOUGHT 3926
86 WOULD HAVE ENDED 3876
87 WOULD HAVE BECOME 3870
88 MIGHT HAVE GONE 3858
89 WOULD HAVE SPENT 3681
90 COULD HAVE SEEN 3674
91 MAY HAVE BECOME 3653
92 WOULD HAVE KEPT 3647
93 MAY HAVE PLAYED 3617
94 MAY HAVE STARTED 3592
95 SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN 3565
96 WOULD HAVE RESULTED 3555
97 WOULD HAVE CAUSED 3531
98 MIGHT HAVE TAKEN 3495
99 WOULD HAVE CHANGED 3492
100 MAY HAVE READ 3476

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Legal Notice: Copyright 2019. The online software, text report and research at EnglishGrammar.Pro has made use of the English Grammar Profile. This resource is based on extensive research using the Cambridge Learner Corpus and is part of the English Profile programme, which aims to provide evidence about language use that helps to produce better language teaching materials.