With the sentence,'I never would have thought that he would behave like that', does the meaning change if I omit 'would'?
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this indicates that not only has the thought never occurred to you, there is nothing you can think of that would have caused the thought to occur. It is an expression of surprise at whatever the subject is. e.g.
this means simply that you have never had this thought before, but not indicating any surprise. e.g.
States that you would have never, if given the chance, have thought that something would happen.
States that you had not, until now, thought that something would happen.