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    Question Would is role

    What is the "would" role/meaning sentence below?

    "Yet at a time when the Kurdish militia, Americans' most effective ally in Syria, would otherwise be celebrating the increased help, its members are sounding a note of worry."

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    Re: Would is role

    They would be celebrating if something else (not mentioned in the text) hadn’t happened.

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    Re: Would is role

    I think your title should have been "Would's role" - you needed the possessive to mean "The role of would". The apostrophe and "s" in the correct version do not signify a contraction of "would is". They indicate the possessive.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Would is role

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    They would be celebrating if something else (not mentioned in the text) hadn’t happened.

    Is "would" the past future tense of "will" in such case?

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    Re: Would is role

    "Would" is used to refer to something that is likely to happen in a different scenario.
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