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    Why would you waste 3 dollars to buy this ?

    Hi, I can understand what this sentence means, but I don't know which tense is used in this case.
    Can I replace "Why would you waste 3 dollars to buy this?"
    by "Why did you waste 3 dollars to buy this?" or anything else ?
    Please let me know the differences between them. Thank you very much !

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    Re: Why would you waste 3 dollars to buy this ?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Hi, I can understand what this sentence means, but I don't know which tense is used in this case.
    Can I replace "Why would you waste 3 dollars to buy this?"
    by "Why did you waste 3 dollars to buy this?" or anything else ?
    Please let me know the differences between them. Thank you very much !
    "Why did you..." means that the person you are speaking to already bought the thing for $3.

    However, although you can ask "Why would you..." to a person who has already bought it, you could also ask it as a general, almost rhetorical, question. If you ask it that way, the "you" replaces "anyone".

    You might see an advert for something completely useless or bizarre, which is priced at $3 and you may think or say, incredulously "Why would you (anyone) waste $3 on that?"

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