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    would

    I read the following sentence , but I cannot understand gramatically why
    the word "would" is put in front of "you". If the sentence is " why you would bother to borrow $5000", I can understand.
    Could anyone tell me?
    qot
    The loan officer says, "We are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled.
    While you were away, we checked you out and found that you are a multimillionaire. What puzzles us is why would you bother to borrow $5,000?"
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    Re: would

    It's a question, so the subject and the auxiliary verb are inverted,

    EX: Why would you bother to borrow $5,000?


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    Re: would

    >It's a question, so the subject and the auxiliary verb are inverted,
    >EX: Why would you bother to borrow $5,000?
    so , can we say "What puzzles us is why you would bother to borrow 5000$?" ?

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    Re: would

    This works, too: (note that, you'd is a contraction of you would)

    EX: What puzzles us is why you'd bother borrowing $5000?

    In the original sentence, the subject-aux unit is inverted, creating a question within a question, and that serves to add emphasis.

    All the best,


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    Re: would

    Casiopea - san
    Thank you for your explanation! Your replies are always helpful for me.

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    Re: would

    Dou itashimashite.
    <You're welcome>

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