I would like to know the meaning of "would" in the next sentence.
These days, you would never see a concert billboard in the U.S. with a cigarette logo on it.
Among the many uses of "would" is that of probability and in your example ("would never see"), improbability.
Or more than improbability- in the past, they had such logos, but it is inconceivable now. And wouldn't a cigarette logo be against the law on advertising tobacco in the US?
The sentence is true and correct without "would".
Originally Posted by wowenglish1
"Would" makes it conditional. What is the condition? -
"Even if you could drive down every highway ...
"Even if you really tried ...
"If you ever went to America ...
Sometimes, a sentence is expressed this way to overcome potential objections.
A: "You never see billboard cigarette ads in U.S. any more."
B: "True, but I rarely leave the house / True, but I don't live in America
A: Of course. But I mean 'You never would see them, even if you went out ... / (add the negation of the objection here).
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