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    Question wouldn't/didn't

    Do you accept both of them?

    She wouldn't/didn't say what was wrong when I asked her yesterday.

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    Re: wouldn't/didn't

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Do you accept both of them?

    She wouldn't/didn't say what was wrong when I asked her yesterday.
    They're both correct but they have slightly different meanings.

    "She didn't say..." means that she simply stayed silent and didn't answer your question.

    "She wouldn't say..." means that she refused to answer the question, for reasons that we don't know.

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    Re: wouldn't/didn't

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    They're both correct but they have slightly different meanings.

    "She didn't say..." means that she simply stayed silent and didn't answer your question.

    "She wouldn't say..." means that she refused to answer the question, for reasons that we don't know.
    Thank you for your elaboration.

    Jack is a father who doesn't/won't allow his children to stay out late.

    Is the same difference in the above sentence?

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