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    Does "would" mean "maybe" in these sentences?

    Is it okay to understand "would", "wouldn't" as "maybe", "maybe not" in following sentences?
    1.His fans would already be familiar with Caroline.
    2.He wouldn't say where he had picked up the information.

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    Re: Does "would" mean "maybe" in these sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by eggcracker View Post
    Is it okay to understand "would", "wouldn't" as "maybe", "maybe not" in following sentences?
    1.His fans would already be familiar with Caroline. No. I believe this to be "future in the past". Context might go like this: "After talking to her for just ten minutes, his fans would already be familiar with Caroline"
    2.He wouldn't say where he had picked up the information. Again, no, I'm sorry. This, if my memory doesn't fail, is a modal. "No matter how hard he was pressed, or for how long he was asked about it, he wouldn't say where he had picked up the information.
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    Re: Does "would" mean "maybe" in these sentences?

    1. 'His fans were probably already familiar with Caroline.'

    2. 'He refused to say where he had picked up the information.'

    Rover

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    Re: Does "would" mean "maybe" in these sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No.

    1. His fans were probably already familiar with Caroline.

    2. He refused to say where he had picked up the information.

    Rover
    I have always envied the ability of summarising and clarifying at the same time. Thanks

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    Re: Does "would" mean "maybe" in these sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    1. 'His fans were probably already familiar with Caroline.'

    2. 'He refused to say where he had picked up the information.'

    Rover
    Hello, Rover.
    Please allow me to ask a question here.

    Do I understand you correctly in saying :
    'His fans would already be familiar with Caroline.' is more or less similar to 'His fans might have (already?) been familiar with Caroline.'?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Does "would" mean "maybe" in these sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    1. 'His fans were probably already familiar with Caroline.'

    2. 'He refused to say where he had picked up the information.'

    Rover
    Thank you all. By the way is there any difference between original sentences in my question and Rover's sentences in nuance or shade of shade of meaning?
    I write these sentences for you again below.
    1.His fans would already be familiar with Caroline.
    2.He wouldn't say where he had picked up the information.
    Last edited by eggcracker; 06-Jun-2012 at 17:49. Reason: mistypo

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