What is the meaning of would, and which tense is it used in the following sentences?
That would be Ram calling. I'll answer it. (the meaning of would and which tense is used)
The guy on the phone had southern accent. That would be Tom. (the meaning of would and which tense is used)
“We saw a police helicopter overhead yesterday morning.”
“Really? They would have been looking for those bank robbers.” (the meaning of would and which tense is used)
You would have to say/do that. (Why is would used here? What happens to the meaning if would is removed?)
John said he didn't steal any money.
Well, he would, wouldn't he ? (Why is would used here?)
- Why is would used in sentences 1, 2, and 3 to mean "presumption" instead of using other modals, such as: must and should? Does the meaning change if used others?
- Can we use will, must, should and could in the place of would, without changing the meaning of sentences?
- What kind of meanings would it make if they (will, must, should, and could) are used in the place of would?
I'd be grateful if you could answer me.