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    Hello everyone,
    Would you please tell me if the usage of (would)in this sentence is right or not?I heard somebody said this,but I wasn`t sure whether he was right or not.

    The children would make alot of noise,so mum decided to punish them.

    Thanks in advance,

  2. M56
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    Re: Would???

    Quote Originally Posted by zoobinshid
    Hello everyone,
    Would you please tell me if the usage of (would)in this sentence is right or not?I heard somebody said this,but I wasn`t sure whether he was right or not.

    The children would make alot of noise,so mum decided to punish them.

    Thanks in advance,
    Yes, it's correct. That's "would" (also "would always") for persistent/insistent actions/behaviour.

    He would keep nattering on and on.
    He would smoke so much
    He would bite his nails so.

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    Re: Would???

    Additionally, it's commonly known as habitual "would" and it's near synonymous with used to. I'm not all that convinced it goes well with "so Mum decided to punish them." More context might sway me, though.

    Correction #1

    EX: The children would make a lot of noise, . . . .

    "a lot" sounds like one word, but it's actually two; It's written as two separate words. Test: a whole lot. You can put a word between "a" and "lot".

    Correction #2
    Mum and Dad are capitalized when used in place of the person's name. For example,

    EX: Mum/Jane likes cake.
    EX: . . . so Mum/Jane decided to punish them.

    But note,

    EX: My mum likes cake. (no capital; correct)
    EX: *My Mum/My Jane likes cake. (capital; incorrect)

    "My mum" doesn't replace a name. "Mum" does.

    All the best.

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    Re: Would???

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Additionally, it's commonly known as habitual "would" and it's near synonymous with used to. I'm not all that convinced it goes well with "so Mum decided to punish them." More context might sway me, though.

    The use of "habitual" will/would doesn't seem to sit well with CanEng and AmEng speakers.

    How do these sit with you?

    He would insist on seeing other women, so she left him.

    They would go on an on about their new car, so John got up and walked out.

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    They sit well. I guess that makes me a maverick canuck.

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