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Shakespeare Scene 1

Stephen's got a job as an actor, and he and Ashlie go to the Globe Theatre in London to pick up his costume – and to find out about England's most famous writer, William Shakespeare.

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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

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Yes, I've gone to the theatre a lot of times.
Yes, I've been in a play two or three times and I wore costumes.

Hi guys.Could someone explain me is there any difference between these constructions ''Is this really what the actors would have worn?'' and ''Is this really what the actors would wear?''

Hello anton81,

'would have worn' is a conditional perfect form whereas 'would wear' is a simple conditional form. The first one refers to a past hypothetical situation – for example, to what actors might have worn during Shakespeare's time – whereas the second one refers to a present or future hypothetical situation – for example, to what actors wear nowadays.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,
thanks for answering.Could you clarify my doubts?From the context I inferred that meaning of the construction 'would have worn' was 'used to' (for example ''Is this really what the actors used to wear?'') and 'would have worn' was a mistake whereas 'would wear' in the meaning 'used to' would have been correct.Am I wrong?
Best wishes,
anton.

Hello anton81,

In this context 'would have worn' is perfectly fine. You can imagine it as part of a third conditional form:

Is this really what the actors would have worn if we had seen them in their original clothes?

If we wanted to simply say 'used to' then we would have several choices:

Is this really what the actors used to wear (typically)?

Is this really what the actors wore (generally or for a particular performance)?

Is this really what the actors would wear (typically)?

Is this really what the actors were wearing (at the time/when doing the play)?

Which of these we choose is really a question of style and emphasis.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Tea

Hello Peter,
thanks a lot , I see my mistake.
All the best,
anton

Hii dear
I have a problem with watching videos

Hello asim khider,

I'd recommend you install the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player on your device. This usually solves video problems, but if not, you could also try using a different browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer/Edge). If that doesn't work, please let us know what browser version and operating system you're using.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

This is WOW!

Nice scene

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