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    don't understand which would usage is used

    Hallo again to everybody! Here is an extract of article I have questions about:

    But given that Moyes has consistently stated Rooney is contracted for another two years and Ed Woodward, the vice-chairman, saying the club would have no compunction allowing a player's deal to run down, it is becoming increasingly clear that the 27-year-old will have to submit a formal transfer request in writing in order to leave Old Trafford.

    Even then there are no guarantees United would sell the England striker but the ball would be firmly in United's court and they would have a binding decision to make over where Rooney plays his football next season.

    I've been reading a newspaper article and suddenly I've realised, that I don't know what these would imply.

    I mean, what kind of rule the author was guided when he wrote down this article.

    I underlined the most interesting parts so you could pay attention to them:)

    I think in the second paragraph, by using would at first place the author expresses his opinion and at the second and third he implies an imaginary situation, am I right?
    But what about the first paragraph and the would there? It doesn't look like an imaginary situation or opinion, or hope, or wish, or expectation, or even uncertainty.
    So could you help me out on this one?






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    Re: don't understand which would usage is used

    The first 'sentence' isn't one (a sentence, that is) so it's hard to say where the first would fits in syntactically; presumably, from the context, it's counterfactual. The last 3 woulds are conditional uses following the implied 'if he submitted a formal request'.
    I mean, what kind of rule WAS the author was guided BY when he wrote down* this article.
    None.


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    PS * Late deletion. You write an article, but write down a phone number.
    Last edited by BobK; 17-Jul-2013 at 15:55.

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    Re: don't understand which would usage is used

    Thanks a lot BobK, that really helped:) But I've been looking everywhere and haven't found any mention about using would as counterfactual :(
    Could you tell more about this one?

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    Re: don't understand which would usage is used

    Sorry. Going away. Let me google that for you

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    Re: don't understand which would usage is used

    Many thanks BobK, that's very helpful and kind of you:)

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