Take another look at the sentence:

Chauncey would have __________ some of the squid eyeball stew if a long, gray tentacle hadn't dangled over the side of the bowl.

The sentence requires the past participle of eat, an irregular verb. Eaten is the past participle.

Verb Simple Present Simple Past Past Participle
eat eat(s) ate eaten

Ate, the form you chose, illegally combines the simple past with the auxiliary verbs would have. Before you continue, review the rules for irregular verbs.

Go back to the sentence to try again.

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