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    Each one would give a gift to the city

    The first and second "would" seem either "a past will" of "be willing to" or "a future in the past" to mean "was going to", and the third "would" seems "a future in the past". Are all the three "would" same or different?

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    ex)Thousands of years ago, Poseidon, the god of the sea, found a city that he wanted to own. Athena, the goddess of wisdom, wanted the same city. So Poseidon and Athena agreed to hold a contest. Each one would give a gift to the city, and they would let the people choose the best gift. The winner would keep the city....

    would: Future in past
    When talking about the past we can use would to express something that has not happened at the time we are talking about:

    • In London she met the man that she would one day marry.
    • He left 5 minutes late, unaware that the delay would save his life.

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    Re: Each one would give a gift to the city

    Hi Keannu,

    IMO, the three 'would' here are 'future in the past'.

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Each one would give a gift to the city

    So don't all of them have any willingness or prediction? Just the future that is to hapen?

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    Re: Each one would give a gift to the city

    Yes (again, IMHU)
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Each one would give a gift to the city

    What is the difference between "future in the past" in 1 and reported speech in 2?

    1. Each one would give a gift to the city
    2. Poseidon said "Each one will give a gift to the city" => Poseidon said that each one would give a gift to the city.

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    #6

    Re: Each one would give a gift to the city

    There is no practical difference.

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