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    What does would + verb sentence mean?

    She would know it. He would answer the question. Why does speaker use would + verb? Thanks.

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    Re: What does would + verb sentence mean?

    It depends on the context of each sentence.

    It's been said, and I agree, that after articles, "would" is the hardest thing to explain in English.

    So what came before each of these sentences?
    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: What does would + verb sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It depends on the context of each sentence.

    It's been said, and I agree, that after articles, "would" is the hardest thing to explain in English.

    So what came before each of these sentences?
    I made the sentences. So, why do you want to use would before a verb to speak? Does anyone know it?

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    Re: What does would + verb sentence mean?

    If you want an expalnation, you need to provide the full context.
    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Re: What does would + verb sentence mean?

    It could mean many things. The speaker could be annoyed or frustrated that she knows it. They could be politely suggesting that she's the person to ask because they don't know it. Meaning is generated by context, so a lot would depend on the context. Would has many meanings.

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    Re: What does would + verb sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It could mean many things. The speaker could be annoyed or frustrated that she knows it. They could be politely suggesting that she's the person to ask because they don't know it. Meaning is generated by context, so a lot would depend on the context. Would has many meanings.
    Why did you use would to say so a lot would depend on the context instead of so a lot depend on the context?

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    Re: What does would + verb sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by compiler View Post
    Why did you use would to say so a lot would depend on the context instead of so a lot depends on the context?
    If it were available, -- conditional would.
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    Re: What does would + verb sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by compiler View Post
    Why did you use would to say so a lot would depend on the context instead of so a lot depend on the context?
    You haven't provided a context, so I am talking about contexts that are imaginary/hypothetical- they don't exist in this thread.

    Here's a context:
    A: I was hoping to keep it a secret, but Janet knows all about it.
    B: She would know, wouldn't she?

    Here we have a context illustrating one of the uses I described in my post earlier- person B is using would to express annoyance or frustration about her being the sort of person who manages to find out things you're trying to keep secret.

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    Re: What does would + verb sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by compiler View Post
    Why did you use would to say so a lot would depend on the context instead of so a lot depend on the context?
    We should say "depend" if the contexts exist, but "would depend" if they do not exist.
    Is it correct?

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    Re: What does would + verb sentence mean?

    It should be "a lot depends".

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