Can you say this?


I would have loved to be an actress.


Or do you have to say: I would have loved to have been an actress.

asked Jun 26 '13 at 14:31 Gianna New member

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Both are grammatically correct, and I have heard  both constructions.   There may be  a  subtle difference.   In the first, I suggest, you are referring to your ambitions when you were young.  The second is perhaps more about your emotions if you had become an actress.   Subtle, as I said.  Good question, Gianna!

link comment answered Jun 26 '13 at 20:25 Michael Cranfield Expert

Strictly speaking, the second is more correct. Both are used, but the standard construction is with both verbs in the perfect (have/has/had). 

link comment answered Jun 27 '13 at 13:42 Kimberly Expert

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