a] in conditional sentences type II:
If I were you, I wouldn`t go there.
b] habit in the past :
e.g. She would always send me strange birthday gifts.
She would ride the bike [=used to ride the bike] when she was very young.
c] reported speech [and as a past equivalent of the simple future tense]:
"I will visit them soon," said the doctor.
The doctor said he would visit them soon.
d] after wish:
I wish you wouldn`t make that noise anymore.
d] other uses:
e.g. I would be very grateful if you would send me the details [polite request]
Tim, I`d like to introduce you to my friend Deborah.[polite form of "want"]
I am sure I did not contradict myself. You misunderstood my point, or, maybe I did not clearly made myself understood.
Last edited by Teia; 28-Jul-2007 at 13:14.