A: You wouldn't have enjoyed the film.
B: Yes, I would.

A: You wouldn't have won if I hadn't helped you.
B: Yes, I would.



What do the Bs mean? I don't understand.

HELP ME!

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1) A: You wouldn't have enjoyed the film.
B: Yes, I would.

2) A: You wouldn't have won if I hadn't helped you.
B: Yes, I would.

Because speakers of English tend not to repeat whole verb phrases, they use ellipsis, or omission of material that is understood and does not need to be repeated. The B examples are ellipted versions of full utterances:

1) B: Yes, I would [have enjoyed the film]

2) B: Yes, I would [have won if you hadn't helped me]

It would be equally grammatical to retain the second auxiliary:

1) B: Yes, I would have [enjoyed the film]

2) B: Yes, I would have [won if you hadn't helped me]

The part of the verb phrase that can be ellipted, or omitted, is whatever follows the auxiliary. If the verb phrase has two or more auxiliaries with a main verb (such as should have been), the speaker can choose to ellipt part or all of what follows the first auxiliary, for example

A: The test results should have been posted immediately after they were available!

B: Of course they should have been [posted immediately after they were available] OR

Of course they should have [been posted immediately after they were available] OR

Of course they should [have been posted immediately after they were available]

Marilyn Martin

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