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    Uisng 'I did' and 'I would'

    I have a friend from UK who often writes "I did be able to do that..." I have not come across anyone else writing in that manner; I would rather write "I would be able to do that..."

    Can anyone please figure out the difference between the above two sentences and also let me know more about usage @ 'did' and 'would'.

    Another quest - what does I'd stands for? Does it means 'I did' or 'I would' ?

    Thanks!
    Ajay

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    Re: Uisng 'I did' and 'I would'

    "I did be able to do that..." sounds like Ali G. I think your friend is being jocular, probably using a form of BrE slang that I don't know since my last residence in the U.K. was forty years ago.
    Last edited by probus; 06-Dec-2014 at 04:47. Reason: clarification

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    #3

    Re: Uisng 'I did' and 'I would'

    I'd is a contraction of I had or I would, depending on the context — never I did.

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    Re: Uisng 'I did' and 'I would'

    "I would be able to do that" is fine looking forward.
    "I was able to do that" is fine looking backward.

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