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    Default usage of "would"

    Hello!
    I am wondering what the difference is between the two sentences below?
    Everytime I met a sentence including "would", it makes me embarrased or a little frustrated. I know some usage of "would" but it still seems to have lots of usage.

    Thanks a lot!
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    I wanted to play outside but Mom wouldn't let me go.

    I wanted to play outside but Mom didn't let me go.

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    Default Re: usage of "would"

    Quote Originally Posted by pb
    Hello!
    I am wondering what the difference is between the two sentences below?
    Everytime I met a sentence including "would", it makes me embarrased or a little frustrated. I know some usage of "would" but it still seems to have lots of usage.

    Thanks a lot!
    ---------

    I wanted to play outside but Mom wouldn't let me go.

    I wanted to play outside but Mom didn't let me go.
    One meaning of would is, to give consent. My mom didn't consent to let me go out.

    Please note, capitalize Mom only when it's used in place of a her name:

    EX: John said that Mom will be late for dinner tonight. ('Mom' is capitalized because that's the name her children call her. That's the name they address her with.)

    EX: John said that his mom will be late for dinner. ('mom' is not capitalized because it's not being used as someone's name. 'mom' expresses a female parent, whereas 'Mom' expresses someone's name. The same holds true for Dad/dad, Sister/sister, and so on.

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