English version

might-have-beens

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmight-have-beensˈmight-have-ˌbeens noun [plural] 🔊 🔊 REGRET/FEEL SORRYthings that you wish had happened in the past but which never did
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might-have-beensByways of history, particularly might-have-beens, also suit the form well.We like to think about the might-have-beens.Looking at the might-have-beens of stylistic variation is a way of making the elusive quality of good writing open to inspection.It takes some imagination to share the contradictions, the unrealised hopes, the might-have-beens, of the past.This book is not concerned, however, with might-have-beens but with the facts as they were, so far as can be told.
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