Would or would have?

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I always get confused by past conditionals without "if".  Of the following three sentences, which is correct or are they all correct?

1  I would have liked to learn Spanish at school.

2  I would have liked to have learned Spanish at school.

3  I would like to have learned Spanish at school.

would asked Apr 29 '13 at 08:18 Caroline Wiggins New member

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I think #3 is he right sentence. A case could be made for #2, but your desire to have learned Spanish is current, so the preset tense is apt.

link comment answered Apr 29 '13 at 13:26 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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