Would do VS wouldn't have done

Amber_1010

Senior Member
Chinese-Cantonese
Hello, let's discuss!

Situation:
Sam: I saw Mary kiss Paul last night.
Tom (Mary's date): No, she wouldn't do that OR No, she wouldn't have done it.

Are they both accetable, depending on the speaker's perspective?
Like:
1. She would not do it if she had the chance.
2. She would not have done it even if she had been given the chance.
- And both of them mean I believe she didn't do it. Right?

If so, what about in this case:
(Ben and April are students)
Ben: How do I ask for a cup of tea in a cafe?
April: Bring me a cup of tea!
Teacher: No! I wouldn't have said that. Or I would not say that.

I think this one is quit similar to the pervious one.
A. I wouldn't have said that if I were you.
B. I would not say that if I had to order a cup of tea in a cafe.

Am I right?
Please give me your helpful comments!
 
  • Beth_Lee

    Member
    Chinese
    I think native speakers tend to use 'wouldn't do', right?
    I'm not sure if I can use both of them these cases.

    1)Two students are having English lesson, a teacher is supervising them.
    Student A:I'm sorry.
    Student B: You're welcome.
    Teacher: No! I wouldn't have used that. I would have said 'No worries.' OR
    I wouldn't use that. I would just say 'No worries.'

    - I think both can be used, depending on our perspectives, as you suggested. [Like: I wouldn't have used that (if I were you) / I wouldn't use that (if I were to repsonce to that kind of thing.)]
    But native speakers tend to use the second one in this case, right?

    2) Tom just gave a speech. Kay thinks it was a bad speech.
    Kay: I wouldn't have written such a speech. / I wouldn't write such a speech for a talk!

    -- In this case, I think native speakers would use "I wouldn't have written such a speech (if I had been given a chance to do that.)." Especially, If Kay thinks she should have been the one to give the speech. Agree?
    If not, I think native speakers just stick with using the second one as a general imagination for now or the future.
    [I wouldn't write such a speech for a talk! (If I were given a chance)]
    Again, they both can bu used in this case.

    Am I right? Native speakers please comment!
    Thank you.
     
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