Student or Learner
I am reading novel and come across the following sentence
he would be reading a book the moment he died
Its about a person who is fond of books so I understand the sense but not the grammar. Is it like if clause as
he would be reading a book if he died?
"On his arrival at university, he discovered the pleasures of reading. In fact, he would be reading a book the moment he died."
You know he was reading a book when he died, but from the viewpoint of the story, it's in the future.
ENGLISH PAGE - Future in the Past
In a biography of Obama, for example, you might read, "He was patriotic even as a little boy. But no one could foresee that he would be running for President in 2007"