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    grammar is difficult!

    Which one is the same usage as the sentence below?
    (specifically "would" )

    " One more reading would help you understand the meaning. "

    1. The door would not open.
    2. If I were you, I would not go.
    3. I would like to say a few words.
    4. We would often go to the movies.


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    Re: grammar is difficult!

    "One more reading would help you understand the meaning."

    Well, it's not a polite request (3.), so that's out, and it's not a consent (1.), so that's out too, and it's neither a habit (4.) or a possibility (5.), so both of those are out, which leaves 2., a condition:

    "If you read it again, one more reading would help you understand the meaning."

    1. The door would not open. (consent)
    EX:They would not help us with the homework. (consent)

    2. If I were you, I would not go. (condition)
    EX:It would have been too stale to eat, if we hadn't eaten it. (condition)

    3. I would like to say a few words. (polite request)
    EX:Would you like some coffee? (polite request)

    4. We would often go to the movies. (habit)
    EX:He would wait every day in the rain for her to walk by. (habit)

    5. She would be over fifty by now. (probability)

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