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onsen
Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 1:40:02 AM
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Hello,

A. Last year I went to Paris.
B. Did you visit Notre-Dame?
A. No, but I would have liked to. The weather was too bad.
B. Oh, I’m sorry.

Is the use of 'I would have liked to' in the conversation correct?

Thank you
thar
Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 3:10:15 AM

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Exactly right.

The 'would have' makes it unreal (you didn't go) and you don't repeat the whole infinitive, just enough to complete the structure of there being an infinitive there.

But isn't the point of buildings to visit in bad weather? Whistle
OK, you don't go up the Eiffel tower in a thunderstorm or visit the Bois de Boulogne in a rainstorm (although actually that sounds like fun) but unless you are actually snowed in, bad weather sounds like a perfect excuse to visit Notre Dame.
Just kidding!

Possibly I would change the 'but' to be with the excuse.
"No. I would've liked to, but the weather was too bad."

But that is a style choice, not a grammar correction.
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