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    Why would you encourage him?

    The kid and Melinda met a boy ghost together, and after that the kid's mother got angry saying "Why would you encourage him?" Does "would" mean past willingness or present one? It's always confusing!!!

    -ghost whisperer
    kid- She never believes me.
    mel -
    Sure. We all had a nice conversation.
    Why would you encourage him? You think it's healthy for a boy his age to have a make-believe friend?

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    Re: Why would you encourage him?

    In this context it's simply a shorter way of saying 'Why did you think it would be a good idea to encourage him?'


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