Would have for missed opportunity is used whenever someone thinks that something is lost due to past inabilities, and now it cannot be reversed or there is no chance to correct present.
•If she had planned better, she would have secured excellent score. But, in reality, her score is below expectation.
•If I had got up early, I would not have missed the train. But, in reality, train is missed.
•If I had practiced well, I would have been selected for final.
Rules for formation
•In all the examples, there are two clauses. “If” clause is dependent, and second is main or independent clause.
•Generally, comma is used to separate the two clauses.
•Subject of the dependent, as well as independent clause is remained same.
•Main clause indicates the sense of missed opportunity – I would have been selected for final.
•Dependent clause indicates past inabilities — If I had practiced well.
Past inabilities and present regret
Human nature is so curious that he keeps imagining about future dreams or missed opportunities in the past. Simply, for this, we call it present, as well as past imagination.
•In the past imagination, you are in the present but imagining about past inabilities to correct present.
•This is the third type of conditional sentence. In this sentence, someone is imagining about past inabilities, as well as past lost opportunity to correct present.
Examples of would have..
If you were the member of football world cup team and due to poor practice, you lost an opportunity to win the title, then in such scenario, you would definitely imagine like:-
•If we had practiced persistently, we would have won the title.
•If we had made a little more effort; we would have become the world champion.
But, in reality you neither practiced nor won the title. It is only part of expressing regret about past mistakes or missed opportunities.
•If they had switched to non-conventional energy resources earlier, they would have controlled the emission of greenhouse gases.
Hope, this clarification will prove beneficial for all the learners and readers.
We all know that until and unless we practice according to the prescribed rules, the fruit of mastery may deceive us. So, let’s begin the journey for practice.