- Few people would have been surprised to know another case of corruption in India. (A sentence from a newspaper)
- "I came in and ordered some shoes from you." 'Oh! yes, sir. When would that have been, exactly?'
- His test appearance would have triggered jubilation in Ludhiana where his grandparents live.
- Harbhajan Singh would have been joyed reading that he was at top of batting charts in the just concluded Test series.
- Such cases have not been reported in Delhi. Although there is a good chance that like the Mumbai big team many would have been reluctant to go to police.
My question: Why is would + perfect infinitive used in the above sentences whereas it appears that they do not represent the third conditional? They appear to represent a case of prediction. Please suggest a good book in which the use of a modal verb is clearly explained in detail and particularly this use of would.
6. (A conversation between correspondent of a newspaper and a leader contesting election for MLA.) Correspondent: Would any state have accepted an outsider as a chief minister? Leader: I'm not an outsider.I belong to this state.
My question is: Why is would used here and not will?