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    Default I wouldn't worry about him

    A: There was a guy here this morning looking for him too.Yeah, a big guy on a bike.Has that got something to do with this ?

    B: No, I wouldn't worry about him


    Why did B use would? Does he mean "If he met him, he wouldn't worry about him"

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    Default Re: I wouldn't worry about him

    I believe he might be simply being dismissive. The incidence of the guy on the bike is not of consequence, certainly not a threat. "I wouldn't worry about him, and neither should you."

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    Default Re: I wouldn't worry about him

    I would agree with Jlinger: the comment is dismissive.

    You can also think of it as:

    1. (If I were you,) I wouldn't worry about him.

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    Default Re: I wouldn't worry about him

    MrP's restatement illustrates why the conditional would is used: If I were ... I would not... The "If I were" part of the statement is understood, not stated.

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