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Atatürk
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 6:18:02 AM

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I didn't suspect he might have given us the wrong answer.

I didn't suspect he would have given us the wrong answer.

I didn't suspect he would give us the wrong answer.

What's the difference please?

Ite, maledicti, in ignem aeternum!
thar
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 8:24:18 AM

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Simplify it by taking away the past tense of the "didn't".

Put yourself at that moment in the past. What do you suspect now, at the time of the action?

He has given us a wrong answer.

He will give us a wrong answer.


Then qualify it. You don't know for sure.

He might....
the inflected verb then becomes an infinitive.

He might have given us a wrong answer, or he might not have.

He might give us a wrong answer, or he might not.
If it is a possibility, then you don't need any other auxiliary to indicate that it is the future - it has to be.


Then you can backstep them by adding 'I didn't suspect that...'

Those are the different outcomes of the different starter situations. See what you get when you try to do those steps from different starting sentences.
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