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prince
Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 6:32:53 PM
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"There is now something called social communication disorder, which is what many kids who would have been diagnosed with aspergers are now diagnosed with"

I would like to know the difference in meaning if the above sentence is changed to "There is now something called social communication disorder, which is what many kids who have been diagnosed with aspergers are now diagnosed with " basically I removed "would"


Kindly explain

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Prince
RuthP
Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 9:27:32 PM

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prince wrote:
"There is now something called social communication disorder, which is what many kids who would have been diagnosed with aspergers are now diagnosed with"

I would like to know the difference in meaning if the above sentence is changed to "There is now something called social communication disorder, which is what many kids who have been diagnosed with aspergers are now diagnosed with " basically I removed "would"


Kindly explain

Thank you
Prince

Not the same thing. (And "Asperger's"--or in the modern medical usage "Asperger" should be capitalized: the condition was named after Dr. Asperger, who described it.)

Your sentence says the children were diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.

The original sentence says children diagnosed now (recently) are diagnosed with social communication disorder instead of being diagnosed with Asperger. The "would have been" sets up a subjunctive, not-true condition: They would have been diagnosed with Asperger, but terminology has changed, so they weren't (diagnosed with Asperger).
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