Questions tagged [would]

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would have had Problem [closed]

Consider the following sentence. Doctor informed the court on Monday that it had terminated the over 22-week pregnancy of a minor rape survivor as continuing with it would have had severe impact on ...
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What is the difference between “how you would” or “how would you” and when to use them? [closed]

I am trying to understand what is the difference between these two sentences and which is correct. Please select how would you like to receive your messages? Please select how you would like to ...
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Using 'would' or 'used to' with a time reference in a different sentence

In a test there are such sentences: "When I was little, I shared a bedroom with my sister Catherine. As I was eight years her junior, I obviously (used to go / would go) to bed earlier than her." ...
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Why “were” needs to be added in this sentence? If he were smarter he would do this [duplicate]

If he were smarter he would do this When we use he, she, it in the past tense we need to use was and I, we, you and they we need to use were. right? But why we are using were in the above sentence?
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Meaning of “Would I were steadfast as you are”? [duplicate]

What is the mean of the line by Keats: "Would I were steadfast as you are"?
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Why use “would have to” in the past tense?

I was watching Bird Box and there was a sentence I didn't quite understand which was this: They took us outside and they forced our eyes open so that we would have to look at the creatures. He was ...
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The position of ‘constantly’ in “would be being used”

Personal computers first made their appearance in the home in the 1970s, but surely few people would have been able to imagine then that the home computer could evolve into the super-fast, super-...
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Is “would play” correct?

We had a small house with a large garden, and we would play in a garden for hours. Is it correct to say "would play" in this context?
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Difference in meaning between: “his son will return” and “his son would return” [duplicate]

The hope is that his son will/would return. What’s the difference in meaning of the sentence when will and would are used one at a time? Should we use only would inasmuch as hope is only ...
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Why “would rather” +noun is feasible?Without principal verb

A sentence from TE,however find no grammatical rules supporting the sentence. Thanks you in advance. Many politicians, business people, intellectuals, journalists and even whisky-swilling generals ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct: “She would make for a convincing Amy.” [closed]

This sentence is part of dialogue between producer and actor, when she was convincing them to cast her in film. The film is ready now. During the premiere, they were recalling a previous moment that ...
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'Would' vs 'Will' at the start of the sentence [duplicate]

I was updating my WhatsApp status today. While writing caption of a photo I couldn't decide whether to use 'Will' here or 'Would': Would/will your reaction be any different if you miss the bus on ...
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reported speech + would have to

What is the correct form of switching from Direct speech to Reported speech in this example: A policeman says "You will have to turn back because the road is closed" Shall it be: 1) A policeman ...
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I knew I would have died/ I knew I would die

I'm writing a story and my character is referring to the knowledge she always had that she would eventually die under the rain. Of course she's not dead at the moment of saying the sentence, but she ...
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If this will… or if this would [duplicate]

Can someone tell me which is grammatically sound in this context -- would or will? I've looked through some of the responses to similar questions, but the explanations weren't too clear for a non-...
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“would” as an auxiliary for present tense conditionals

Both of these sentences feel wrong to me: if I am alone, I will go today if I would be alone, I will go today By looking up some rules, it seems that using would in the protasis is a common mistake,...
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What words can replace the conditional words “could” and would"?

The words "could" and "would" are very common words in the English Language. However, they are not always the best words to use. I am trying to find better words to replace "could" and "would". Note ...
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Would you please explain the meaning of the word “would” in the following sentence? [closed]

I think vegetable seeds would be best for our experiment.
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using would for imaginary situations [closed]

Quote from a grammar book: "My parents are both teachers so you'd imagine I'd have no trouble at all academically." I think using would in "I'd have no trouble...." is wrong because it is neither ...
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Would or will. A question is about a certain future event

Ohad knew he had a few hours before they will open a wormhole to Mumbo Booboo. Or Ohad knew he had a few hours before they would open a wormhole to Mumbo Booboo.
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Stupid question #1 “would have” or “would”

I have this sentence: "Sometimes you can find friendship where you would have never thought you would have" Why is the last part of the sentence "you would have" and not just "you would". Please guys ...
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In an expression of wish, desires, containing 'If' and 'had', should 'would have' necessarily come after that or simply 'would' would do fine?

Are both of these correct? "If I had to choose one, I would have to say it's red that I prefer the most among all the colours." "If I had to choose one, I would say it's red that I prefer the most ...
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how to answer would you be able to come in for an interview on {date} at {time}? [closed]

how to answer would you be able to come in for an interview on ***date*** at ***time***? is it okay to use : I will be available at aforementioned date and time. or yes i would.
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would like someone to meet me [closed]

Dear English speaker, Could you tell me this is correct usages of a sentence in below case? Case 1: I'm a beginner or a new in a sector and there is the most famous person in the sector such as a ...
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If he… he would have [closed]

Is this sentence correct: If he returned safely, he would have been hailed as a hero. Are there any other correct ways of saying this?
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Should have/Would have - simple problem

I understand that should have/would have etc. are used to refer to something unrealistic or contrary to what has really happened. I do, however, have several questions. I know that this form is most ...
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I would prefer + (to infinitive) + rather than + (bare infinitive) or (to infinitive)?

I've found this during my studies: I would prefer to die in a car crash rather than to die in my sleep. Is this correct? Shouldn't it be: I would prefer to die in a car crash rather than die in ...
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I recommend vs I would recommend [duplicate]

I saw this sentence in comments I would recommend going through the Help Center What is the difference between 'I recommend' vs 'I would recommend'? Is that only for making sentence more polite? ...
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How would I not know anything

I am not able to frame a question, but here is the situation: in your family your father is doubting your knowledge and he is asking you very simple questions. I want to reply him by saying why ...
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Would do that or would have done it?

Is there a situation in which following sentence is correct? "You could have mentioned you would do that" If so, then in which context is it right? I mean, if the sentence is started by "could ...
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Usage of Would or Would Have with Prophesied Event

I am writing subtitles for a rare, old foreign movie (in Italian) for my English speaking friends. I have a doubt. What is the correct form among the following, and can you help me understand why? He ...
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Use of would in past tense

So I was writing a biography and my teacher (Who is not an English teacher, he is a math teacher) made several marks on my paper for my use of would. For example, I wrote, "He would publish his first ...
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The use of “I would”

Can I use "I would" for making suggestions? For example, "I would do this thing instead of this" or "I would eat healthy food in order to lose weight". Can use it in that way without saying "if I was ...
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Does 'would' in: “it would be convenient” refer to the future in the past? [closed]

The auxiliary "would" has different usages. In the following sentence, which usage of 'would' is being used here? Does "would" refer to "future in the past"? It would be most convenient if you ...
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What's the difference between “woulda” and “would've”?

One of my students asked me today what the difference is between "woulda" and "would've" in spoken English. I think it has to do with the sound that follows, right? If the sound in the next word is ...
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Usage of “would” [duplicate]

Can I use "would" if there are no conditionals? Here's example That would be Jo calling. I'll answer it. I don't think there's an implicit conditional behind that sentence. So I thought that "...
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I would agree vs I agree?

I don't know why many people say "I would agree/disagree" when expressing their agreement regarding point of view or statement, while would is intended to express incertitude of action in the future. ...
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Using of (would)

I have studied the using of the modal verbs from different sources, and generally all of these sources refer that the using of the modal verb (would) could be one of the following cases: Future in ...
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Would + Present tense in conditional clauses

I have met such sentence in my tutorial text: "Today my brother has announced that he is going to enter the university next year. I wondered if he had thought it over properly. He would be able to ...
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please look at this sentence about usage of would in the past

Can you take a look at this sentence: "it was 4th of June, and the day after that was my grandfather's birthday, and he wouldn't guess that we were going to buy him a present" My teacher says its ...
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past vs present [closed]

I already told Mark that when he arrived, we would go out for dinner. Can we say below instead of above? I already told Mark that when he arrives, we will go out for dinner.
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Would have + pp question

Adele recently posted sth on Instagram. Apparently, she has cancelled two concerts and she is explaining why In that post she says : I'm sorry for the nights you WOULD HAVE HAD with your loved ones ...
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Using would to express the simple future

Is the follow grammatically correct: He reserved the sleeper. It would leave just before midnight so he wouldn't need to leave home till half past nine. The 'would' seems to express the future and ...
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How many legitimate uses of “could of” / “would of” / “should of” are there?

After some bad calls using search/replace, I'm curious how many legitimate forms of "could/would/should of" there are. I'm interested in uses that do not derive from, and cannot be replaced by "could ...
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would + should in one sentence

If the classic authorities could be wrong about so many things, why would should they be trusted about anything? It is from the article in Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/...
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Are “If I could” clauses always followed by “would”?

I always see If I could ... I would. For example, If I could speak English, I would go to English-speaking countries. Is there a rule against a conditional clause which contains could, being ...
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English Conditionals and “would”

I'm having a discussion with my wife on English conditionals. She says we cannot have "would" in a hypothetical if statement: If I would want to change my address, should I let you know? She says ...
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“went on” vs. “would later go on”

Can someone explain to me the difference of usage between went on and would later go on, and in what situations each are appropriate? Examples: Debuting in 2000, the [musical] group went on to ...
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What is “would + verb” being used in these examples? [closed]

How do you describe the verb "would return" in the following? Martin would get a minor penalty for the infraction, and during the ensuing power play, Zach Hyman would block a Brent Burns shot and ...
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I wish … would

In a grammar book I read that I wish + would is mostly used in negative sentences. My question now is if those expressions are both correct or there is a mistake: I wish she had a car. I wish she ...