I am a newbie to this forum, and here is my first question ^^;
I am wondering what tense should I stick with if I use the word "would" in my writing. I was told to be careful when I use this word........Like, if I say
"I would prefer to go to Canada beacause Canada is a nice place"
I am lost because "would" is in past tense and "is" in present tense......
and Canada is STILL a nice place............
or is it all right to have both past tense and present tense in a sentence?
I am always very confuse about "would"......
Last edited by Kaka; 01-Jul-2005 at 22:29.
In English, the words must, will, would, shall, should, may, might, can, could, ought [to], and need [to] are known as modal auxilliaries. These are words that add different degrees of necessity, possibility, willingness, obligation or ability to the main verb. It is the tense of the main verb that determines the tense of the sentence.
Below are the various meanings of would. Which do you feel fits your example sentence best?
1. past tense of will in reported speech
EX: Pat said they would be back later.
2. a condition
EX: You would have loved the movie we rented.
3. a habitual act
EX: Max would water the plants every Tuesday.
4. polite request
EX: Would you like some coffee?
EX: Sam would (probably) be manager by now.
EX: They would not let us in the store!
Hello Everyone ^^;)/ *waving back*
Thank you for all the replies
Hmmm..................I am guessing it's a condition.....?
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