Learn English – Difference in usage between ‘If I were you, I would X’ and ‘If I were you, I would have Xed’

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"If I were you, I would look for another job" and "if I were you, I would have looked for another job"
what is the difference between these two sentences?

Best Answer

The first statement,

If I were you, I would look for another job.

suggests that the advised action is something that the person to whom the sentence is addressed can perform to beneficial effect right now.

The second statement,

If I were you, I would have looked for another job.

implies that the action would have been appropriate in the past, but that there is no guarantee that doing it now is potentially beneficial or even possible.