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    I have learned that compared to the other auxiliary verbs, 'would' has lots of exceptions. That is why it is really

    hard to get a complete grasp of it. And referring to explanations in my grammar book,

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    A: Someone's knocking.

    B: That should / may/ could/ might/ will (only in England) be Sydney.

    As you can see, there is no "would" , and the others are used to guess who.

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    1. It will/ should/ may/ could/ might rain tomorrow.

    As you can see, there is no 'would' as well.


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    A: Somebody's at the door

    B: That would be a milk man.

    But here in this dialogue, 'would' is okay to guess who.

    I can not find any consistent reasons and how and when I have to choose it. Is there a good way to use 'would'

    properly?

    Thank you as usual and I really hope to hear from you.

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    Default Re: 'Would be'

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    I have learned that compared to the other auxiliary verbs, 'would' has lots of exceptions. That is why it is really

    hard to get a complete grasp of it. And referring to explanations in my grammar book,

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    A: Someone's knocking.

    B: That should / may/ could/ might/ will (only in England) be Sydney.

    As you can see, there is no "would" , and the others are used to guess who. "Would" is possible here.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    1. It will/ should/ may/ could/ might rain tomorrow.

    As you can see, there is no 'would' as well. "Would" is not possible here.


    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    A: Somebody's at the door

    B: That would be a milk man. This is OK with "the milkman".

    But here in this dialogue, 'would' is okay to guess who.

    I can not find any consistent reasons and how and when I have to choose it. Is there a good way to use 'would'

    properly?

    Thank you as usual and I really hope to hear from you.
    Bhai.

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