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    Question About Modals

    Hello

    It's well-known that 'would' modal has many usages, many meanings, it sometimes means 'used to', sometimes means the past of will, sometimes [as far as I know] means 'want to', etc.

    Likewise, other modals have many meanings, the question here is how can I definitely know what it means in this sentence, and what it means in that sentence, is there any rule to determine its meaning whatever the sentence is?

    Thanks in advance
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    Re: Question About Modals

    For example: "I would play this game"?
    Does it mean "I used to play this game" or "I want to play this game" ? and why should it mean that? how to know?

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    Re: Question About Modals

    Quote Originally Posted by MoHammaD_93 View Post
    For example: "I would play this game"?
    Does it mean "I used to play this game" or "I want to play this game" ? and why should it mean that? how to know?
    You would need the context to determine the meaning.
    People do not simply come out with "I would play this game". By itself it's pretty much meaningless.
    A person might say:
    "I would play this game if I didn't have arthritis in my knees."
    "When I was younger, I would play this game every afternoon."

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    Re: Question About Modals

    And I would thank you for your help..

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