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    Using two "would" or one "would"!?

    Hello,

    Is it compulsory to use two "would" in sentences like below? What happen if I eliminate the second would?

    1) It would be nice if you would come to my house.

    2) You would think this incident with a kid would prompt a visit from child services.

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    Re: Using two "would" or one "would"!?

    It would be nice if you - come to my house.
    You would think this incident with a kid - prompt a visit from child services.


    The first is just about possible, but it's better with 'would come' or 'came'.
    The second is incorrect.

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    Re: Using two "would" or one "would"!?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It would be nice if you - come to my house.
    You would think this incident with a kid - prompt a visit from child services.


    The first is just about possible, but it's better with 'would come' or 'came'.
    The second is incorrect.
    A native speaker of English from the U.S. who is an educated guy told me that both of the sentences are completely grammatical. He said that I don't know if they are grammatical in the U.K. but in the U.S. your sentences are fine.

    Confused

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    Re: Using two "would" or one "would"!?

    I, a speaker of BrE, very much doubt that the second is acceptable in any variety of English. Let's see what speakers of other varieties have to say.

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    #5

    Re: Using two "would" or one "would"!?

    I completely agree with Piscean.

    It would... if you would come
    It would... if you came

    The second one absolutely requires the second "would." It is not grammatical without it.
    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: Using two "would" or one "would"!?

    I concur. The second is not possible without.

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    Re: Using two "would" or one "would"!?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flogger View Post
    Is it compulsory to use two "would" in sentences like below? What happen if I eliminate the second would?

    1) It would be nice if you would come to my house.

    2) You would think this incident with a kid would prompt a visit from child services.
    Quote Originally Posted by Flogger View Post
    A native speaker of English from the U.S. who is an educated guy told me that both of the sentences are completely grammatical. He said that I don't know if they are grammatical in the U.K. but in the U.S. your sentences are fine.
    The first is possible with would come or came. The second requires would.

    Write He said, "I don't know if they are grammatical in the U.K. but in the U.S. your sentences are fine." He should have put a comma after "U.K." With or without the comma, he's wrong about the second sentence.
    I am not a teacher.

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