Perfect Modals

perfect-just-as-you-arePerfect Modals are used to express events or actions that could have happened in the past, but for whatever reason something occured that altered that possibility.  For instance: “I should have locked my car doors, but I didn’t so my purse was stolen.”  You can also use them in the negative form: “I shouldn’t have left my car doors unlocked, then my purse wouldn’t have been stolen.” 

Perfect Modals include: could have; should have; would have; must have; might have; may have; and ought to have.

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