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When and why did the words "would" and "should" swap meanings? [closed]

Reading The Lord of the Rings in its original language, I am constantly confused by how the author uses "would" when "should" should be used, and "should" when "...
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Where to use would? [migrated]

I have a lot of problems with the use of "would", I don't know where it should be used, but I know that it has so many indications. Can someone explain me why this sentence is structured ...
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‘It would be better dealt with’ VS. ‘It would better be dealt with’ [closed]

This problem would be better dealt with through a view on the economy. This problem would better be dealt with through a view on the economy. Which one is the correct/better choice?
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Why is "should" used instead of "would" all over The Fellowship of the Ring? [duplicate]

Over and over again, the author uses "should" where "would" would be right: I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well ...
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How do I use "would" when talking about the past in the context of storytelling?

I'm currently translating a book from my mother tongue, Portuguese, to English. When translating certain sentences about the past, which describe recurrence, I repeatedly resort to would in situations ...
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What's the difference between "she would whine" and "she whined"? [duplicate]

I am not sure what the "would" in the following quote mean. (after a lioness was shot) At any rate she [=a lioness] got to the bush in safety, and once there, began to make such a ...
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"I would have met you on Monday, but I will be out of the country"

I have an argument with a couple of friends about the following situation: I want to meet someone on Monday, in the future, but I can't because I will be out of the country. So I told him: I would ...
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Which of the following sentence is correct when using would?

I'm struggling to understand the rules that applies to the "would" used in past context. For example, which of the following is correct : A) Sun developed an open protocol which simply ...
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Using "would" to describe past habits with verbs that represent permanent states

I know that WOULD can be used to talk about past habits, just like USED TO. "I used to take a walk every morning." "I would take a walk every morning." I also know that WOULD ...
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What kind of past habit fits this text? "were always doing" or "used to do" [closed]

As I understand it, there are three ways to explain past habits: Would Past continuous Used to According to that, what is the best form of past habits for the following text? My sister and I had a ...
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Is "I wish I would have <done something>..." ever correct? (vs. "I wish I had <done it>...")

I often hear (or read) a construct along the lines of "I wish I would have ". Here is a recent example: I wish I would have written a post guessing at Facebook’s new name [...] This wish-I-...
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Would usage, What is the difference

While I was reading something I came across with this structure. " Car wouldnt start this morning." Why was "wouldn't" used here... Whats the difference as meaning with these ...
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If he got the job, he would be very happy now

Consider this, please: Person A: My brother was supposed to appear for an interview at 8am, and now it's 10. I don't know if he got the job or not. But one thing is for sure, If he got the job, he ...
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Is "Not that we would have expected anything else, of course" sound?

In the GSMArena article Xiaomi denies any ties to the Chinese military in response to being blacklisted by the US, "would have" is used: Today Xiaomi has issued the following statement on ...
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Can "would" be used in a conditional like this?

I know there's a multitude of similar questions, but I just can't find one that clearly applies to my problem. The sentence I'm struggling with deals with an obligation and sounds similar to this. ...
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Difference b/w had to and would have to

“ Dinner at Billy's was more a punishment than a reward, since anyone who sat at the dinner table would have to listen to Billy's father's interminable harangues against the government.” Could someone ...
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Reported speech: "would do something", or "would have done something"

What would the following be in reported speech? Q "If I had any money I'd buy you a drink" she said. (a) She told me she would buy me a drink if she had any/some money or (b) She told me she ...
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What the difference between "can" and "would" / "will" and "would"?

I just came across a paragraph in my English learning text book———— ①To begin with, Will you please consider installing self-checkout machines, which would render readers and librarians more ...
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present simple or would?

This sentence comes from Active Skills for Reading 3: In most parts of the world, storm clouds would be greeted with a frown. But in India, it's said that when the monsoon rains come, a billion ...
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Would it be okay to use "would be" in if-clause?

Is it gramatically correct or not to include "would be" in the if-clause. Your physician may recommend you to be evaluated if you would potentially be a candidate for this vaccine.
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How "So it would seem" phrase work?

There is famous quote from Pirates of Caribbean: Officer: That's got to be the best pirate I've ever seen. Norrington: So it would seem. I already learned that it basically is same as saying "...
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Would vs Will usage in present tense

Can would be used like this - If you talk to him , you would find out how stupid he is . This could have been - " If you talked to him , you would find out how stupid he is " Second one is an ...
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"Who would be the best person for this job?" vs "Who is the best person for this job?". What's the difference?

What's the difference between: Who would be the best person for this job? Who is the best person for this job? Who may be the best person for this job? Who will be the best person for this job? And ...
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What is the difference between "How long would" vs "How long will"?

What is the difference between 1-"How long would a train take to arrive here?" and 2-"How long will a train take to arrive here?" In what situation should I use the above sentences? These ...
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How can you distinguish the meanings of "would"?

Below is the context at issue: Interviewer: You would like to see a change in our whole approach to aging. You advocate equality – a society for all ages. What (1) would this look like? Interviewee:...
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"They wouldn’t give me my money back.".What is the meaning of 'would' in this sentence?

I am learning model verb 'would'. And one of the sentences I am not being able to understand. Here is the sentence "The CD wasn’t working so I brought it back to the shop but they wouldn’t give me my ...
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Use of 'would' in the past, that is not conditional

I know there have been similar questions, but I'm curious as to the stylistic acceptance of this usage, as it often seems pointless to me. Example: 'Due to dwindling ratings, and the decline of music ...
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"would" and "will" after "when" for generalization

I need help, a second eye to proofread the following: "This method precludes an instance when the user has/will have their device broken." AND: "This method precluded an instance when the user had/...
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there WOULD be at least 10 people and out of that 10 people at least 2 WOULD

Context- I was teaching a child about how the economy is being effected by the corona-virus. I pointed at a street with some stores and restaurants and said: "If it weren't for the virus there would ...
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When is it better to use "would" rather than simple past tense?

Which of the following reads better: "With the exception of this past Sunday, I could not attend church for the month of January and February (mostly due to the flu), but I rested assured knowing I ...
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How can one use 'would' and 'could' both, consecutively?

I encountered a sentence in an article. The writer (an Australian) has used both 'could' and 'would' consecutively in a sentence. The sentence is But I was determined to make a statement: would ...
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Used to and would

Is the verb "work" a state? For example, the sentence "I used to work as a doctor." is grammatically correct but is "I would work as a doctor." also correct? It doesn't sound weird, is it because it ...
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Is "would" appropriate in this case?

"If these same situations would be held by people unable to change their behaviour in order to solve or to handle them the consequences would be catastrophic." I know that usually the word "would" is ...
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“Would + Verb” vs. “Were to + Verb”

"If they ___ me this job, I'd turn it down." a) would offer b) were to offer I had this question in my test lately. The latter is the right answer, but I don't really get the difference ...
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using would + have to in non-conditional sentences

Which timeline (past vs present vs future) does this sentence indicate? Project managers would have to organize copywriters, editors, and designers as well as feedback from clients or other ...
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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 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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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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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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