Would and Would have been

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Consider(Considers/Considered?) the following sentences:

 

(1) Previous generations no more dared tamper with the Brible than they would have risked altering the text of the Book of Genesis.

 

Will would they use "would have been risked" instead of "would risk"?

 

Another illustration is as below. What are the differences and similarities between

(1) I would risk my life to save you.

(2) I would have risked my life to save you.

 

or should I say "I will risk my life to save you?"

 

Thank you so much!

hypothethical will asked May 06 at 18:47 alan New member

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The first sentence is correct, but awkward. Since previous generations have been altering the Bible for several thousand years, I would start over.

 

The first and last sentences imply a time in the future.  The second implies a time in the past.

 

I would risk my life to save you.

I would have risked my life to save you.

I will risk my life to save you.

link comment answered May 06 at 22:34 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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