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    #1

    would or past cont. and will or present cont.

    Hi,

    1-I tried hard but the key wouldn’t fit the lock.
    2-I tried hard but the key were not fitting the lock.

    3-This key won’t suit the lock to my door.
    4-This key is not suiting the lock to my door.

    I would like to ask if I can use sentence #2 instead of #1 and sentence #4 instead of #3 with the same meanings.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: would or past cont. and will or present cont.

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    1-I tried hard but the key wouldn’t fit the lock.
    2-I tried hard but the key were not fitting the lock.

    3-This key won’t suit the lock to my door.
    4-This key is not suiting the lock to my door.

    I would like to ask if I can use sentence #2 instead of #1 and sentence #4 instead of #3 with the same meanings.

    Thanks.
    Only #1 is a correct and meaningful sentence.

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    #3

    Re: would or past cont. and will or present cont.

    3 and 4 are incorrect because we don't refer to keys "suiting" locks. Keys either fit locks or they don't.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: would or past cont. and will or present cont.

    Thanks for the answers. But I couldn't understand why I must use 'would' instead of 'past perfect in the sentences below. Can you please tell me?

    I tried hard but the key wouldn’t fit the lock. (It is OK and I got it)
    I tried hard but the key was not fitting the lock. (Why is it not OK?)

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    #5

    Re: would or past cont. and will or present cont.

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Thanks for the answers. But I couldn't understand why I must use 'would' instead of 'past perfect in the sentences below. Can you please tell me?

    I tried hard but the key wouldn’t fit the lock. (It is OK and I got it)
    I tried hard but the key was not fitting the lock. (Why is it not OK?)
    I was trying very hard to turn the key but it just wasn't working.

    If your whole sentence is in the past continuous then it works better. However, a key fitting a lock is unlikely to need the continuous - a key either fits a lock or it doesn't. It wouldn't simply "not be fitting the lock" at that moment in time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: would or past cont. and will or present cont.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I was trying very hard to turn the key but it just wasn't working.

    If your whole sentence is in the past continuous then it works better. However, a key fitting a lock is unlikely to need the continuous - a key either fits a lock or it doesn't. It wouldn't simply "not be fitting the lock" at that moment in time.
    Or ".....didn't fit the lock".

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