"She would have been there."

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                                                   "She would have been there."

 

 

This sentence has two possible meanings to native English speakers?

If you do not mind, could you tell me how you feel about the sentence? 

 

A: I didn't see Jess at the party last night.

B: Really? She would have been there.

 

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A: Jess stayed at home yesterday.

B: If Tom had allowed her to go to the party, she would have been there.

 

Although the shape of the sentence is the same, I think the intended meaning is totally different. What do you experts think and feel about it? If you are too busy or tired, please just say "yes" or "no" . Thank you so much in advance,

edited Sep 01 '12 at 15:23 Hans Contributor

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