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Conditional perfect

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Is it possible to use the conditional perfect without using or implying an "if" clause? (because usually you say "I would have done x if y")

Like this sentence: "In the past, the town would have been quieter" / "En el pasado, la ciudad habría estado más tranquila"

4 months ago

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Yes, but it means "allegedly", "it is supposed that" or "it can be supposed that". Pay attention to "ser" and "estar": "la ciudad habría estado más tranquila" and "la ciudad habría sido más tranquila" are different sentences.

4 months ago

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Thank you, I was wondering because I wasn't sure if you could use the conditional without a condition if that makes sense. Also what is the difference between using ser and estar here?

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It is hard to explain. I'd use "sido" because of "en el pasado", but I think "estado" is still possible, especialy if you add... an if-type clause: "En el pasado, la ciudad habría estado más tranquila frente a esos hechos" (In the past, the city would have been quieter facing such events).

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