Dear All,

When I asked the following question, I received the answer in 3 different ways. Are they all correct and what is the difference ?

Q: So, how old was she at the time ?

A1. She was about 6.

A2. She would have been about 6.

A3. She would be about 6

Thank you.

Regards,
Ricky
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A1 and A2 are correct.

A1 answers the question directly. A2 is part of a conditional; the complete sentence could be: "She would have been about 6 at the time if the time had been 1960."

A3 doesn't match the question: "So how old was she at the time?". A3 would be in response to a question like this:

"How old would she be now if she were alive?"
or
"How old would she be now? We've lost complete track of the family."

Rachel
There's more. There's a thoughtful and detailed set of postings under the title "'Would be' or 'would have been'," initiated by Reginald, last dated January 13, 2004 and currently appearing on Page 8 of this Newsgroup.

It includes a possible explanation for the use of "would have been," carefully explained by Marilyn Martin.

Rachel
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