When my friend say "I'm gonna wear weird costume.", could I say "Why would you do that?" in future meaning?

When my friend say "I took your panties yesterday.", could I say "Why would you do that?" too? in past situation?

  • Yes. Both of those work just fine. – Jim Nov 20 '15 at 0:18
  • When your friend says "I took your panties yesterday," you could say "Why would you do that?" I would say, "....Um...you can keep them." – pyobum Nov 20 '15 at 0:35
  • "Why would [...]" is a construct that transcends tenses and hovers above them. – Ricky Nov 20 '15 at 0:36
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    @MortimerBallsack: Not everyone is as generous as you. – Ricky Nov 20 '15 at 0:37
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    @anonymous "I took your panties" and "I took off your panties" sound like two different actions to me. – Centaurus Nov 20 '15 at 1:08

In this case, "would" is not indicating an action in the future.

This is an example of the second conditional. The second conditional is used for unlikely events. The events you describe may very well be unlikely, depending on the context.

This kind of question might be better asked at the English Language Learners Stackexchange.

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