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    Default What does 'would' mean in the below sentence?

    Hello ,

    Main sentence:"I'm afraid of telling him out of fear of rejection"
    Question about above sentence on Past tense:
    "Was She afraid he would say no?"
    That's right, yes. She was afraid of rejection.

    In the mentioned sentence 'He would say' mean:
    1-Would imagine, say, think, etc. (that)… used to give opinions that you are not certain about?
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    2-Would is past of 'will'?

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    Default Re: What does 'would' mean in the below sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by jesicaporter View Post
    2 - Would is past of 'will'?
    Yes, in this case. 'Will' is backshifted in this indirect speech construction.

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    Default Re: What does 'would' mean in the below sentence?

    1, 'Was Sshe afraid he would say no [if she asked him]?(And, as 5jj said, in that context "will"'s back-shifted)

    'She' is a character in King Solomon's Mines.

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