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    Default Would vs past simple

    A: If only people (not/throw) their garbage in the streets.

    B:Frotunately, the town council is setting up an anti-litter campaign next month.

    I would put "wouldn't throw" in brackets. I wonder if I could use "didn't throw" here?
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    Default Re: Would vs past simple

    If you spell "didn't" correctly, then yes, you will hear that. "Wouldn't" is marginally more natural but "didn't" is fine.

    In BrE, you would probably hear "drop", not "throw" and possibly "in the street" (singular).
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Would vs past simple

    Which one would you use "wouldn't" or "didn't"?

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    Default Re: Would vs past simple

    Probably "If only people didn't drop litter" or possibly "I wish people wouldn't drop litter".
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