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    #1

    why use would here?

    I've got a guy on my staff who got hit
    in the head with a glass door Thursday.
    His forehead wouldn't stop bleeding,


    Hi, I don't understand the meaning of wouldn't here. Can't I use just "didn't" here?
    What is the purpose of it here?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: why use would here?

    It's a frequently-used construction that implies a sense of will. "My car won't start" implies that my car has its own will and is deciding not to start, apparently to thwart my plans for the day.

    It's the same thing here. The bleeding is being "personified," in a sense, being given a will to not stop bleeding.

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    #3

    Re: why use would here?

    I agree with Dave.

    It's like saying 'The wound refused to stop bleeding'.

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    #4

    Re: why use would here?

    Thanks. then at the moment when an actor is saying that, he doesn't know whether the wound stopped bleeding or not?

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    #5

    Re: why use would here?

    He could assume that the wound only stopped bleeding after it received medical attention.

    Just like a car engine that won't start does so eventually after a mechanic has fixed it.

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    #6

    Re: why use would here?

    So it means he has no idea about whether a guy went to a doctor or not?

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    #7

    Re: why use would here?

    Quote Originally Posted by layla0302 View Post
    So it means he has no idea about whether a guy went to a doctor or not?
    It doesn't mean that. It says nothing about doctors.

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    #8

    Re: why use would here?

    Yes. Sorry, you are right. Please let me ask again.
    So it means he has no idea about whether the wound stopped bleeding or not?

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    #9

    Re: why use would here?

    No, it's a description of a past action. It would not stop bleeding. He knows it did not stop bleeding.

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