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The "never use would have in an if clause" is really about the subjunctive. It is part of a rule regarding statements that are "contrary to fact." ...If I had gone , it would have been different. ...If she had been with us , she would have handled it. This also occurs in "I wish" statements. ...I wish I had gone . ...I wish I had been there . And there is no "would have" in this construction either. The subjunctive mood takes care of the "would have." Happy punctuating! Margie

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