… or the frustratingly-complicated English language, depending on your mood. Here’s the example: Discussing the minimum wage issue with some students, I found myself saying,
“With a minimum wage, employers will have to pay more than they would have had to have paid in a free market.”
Snip: “… they would have had to have …”
Imagine learning to say that comfortably, especially if you’re a non-native speaker.
I’m guessing that’s the subjunctive passive past-perfect? Linguistic precisionism from grammar experts welcome.