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    use of would

    Hi, all.

    A : Nervous?
    B : I would be lying if I said no.
    A : Well, I would not want you to lie.

    In that conversation, would makes me confused. I've learned that would have 3 meanings: 1. conditional verb, 2. past of will 3. repetition of the past. But in my sight none of them fit into the would in the conversation. What does that mean?

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    Re: use of would

    We use "would" to mean so many things.

    Think of it this way: If you gave me the choice, I would not want you to lie.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: use of would

    Thanks. I think that means that would in the question should be in the first meaning of mine. Is that right?
    Would it be good if I always thinks all would in the conversation should be in one of the 3 meanings above?

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    Re: use of would

    Quote Originally Posted by shhop319 View Post
    Thanks. I think that means that the "would" in the question should be my first meaning in the first meaning of mine. Is that right?
    Would it be good if I always thinks of "would" to have all would in the conversation should be in one of the 3 meanings above?
    Note my corrections.
    Yes, it's a conditional, but it's more to do with politeness than with a true condition.

    I avoid using "always" with English. Someone will find an exception.

    "Would" is the most complicated word in English. I would not try to make it fit one of those three definitions, no.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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