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    Hi there

    I am reading Game of Thrones A Feast for Crows and came across this sentence

    Here is source “Jaime,” she said, tugging on his ear, “sweetling, I have known you since you were a babe atJoanna’s breast. You smile like Gerion and fight like Tyg, and there’s some of Kevan in you,else you would not wear that cloak... but Tyrion is Tywin’s son, not you. I said so once to yourfather’s face, and he would not speak to me for half a year. Men are such thundering great fools.Even the sort who come along once in a thousand years.”

    What does "would" mean here?
    What difference would have been there if he used he had't not speaking to me for a half a year instead of that?

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by Eastt; 28-Jan-2017 at 20:24.

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    Re: Would

    Welcome to the forum!

    You could replace would not with "refused to" in that sentence.

    Please remember to mark text you're asking about by enclosing it in quotation marks. Write What difference would it make if he used "he had't not speaking to me for a half a year" instead of that? I didn't correct the text I've put in quotes because I can't guess what you meant to write.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 29-Jan-2017 at 18:43. Reason: To insert a critical word I had omitted. Thanks, tz.
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    Re: Would

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You could replace would not with "refused to" in that sentence.

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    Re: Would

    there’s some of Kevan in you,else you would not wear that cloak
    In this case, it's like a second conditional- if you didn't have some of Kevan in you, you wouldn't wear that cloak. (You need to be related to Kevan in order to wear that cloak.)

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    sandeepdc, what qualifies you to call yourself an English teacher?

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