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    Using 'would' correctly.

    Hi, I'd like to sound the teachers out about two questions concerning English grammar if u don't mind. The first question that baffles me is how to use would correctly in some circumstances, say, in the two novels I have read lately. The following are the examples.


    1: David beamed at Jane and said," listen, he offered me a new job. Hearing this, Jane felt elated. " You should do it, and I think you'd be great at it, " said Jane.


    2: " Nina's gonna be a sophomore. She won't stick around here," Richard piped up. " I know," I said."And I'd get to see all of her races and attend science fairs with my boyfriend. It's really tempting."


    3:" I think you are right about brazenness being a factor here. You'd have to be stone-cold to do this."


    4:"You can always delegate", he said. "Stick to the stuff you'd enjoy about being CEO."


    Why would people use would in these sentences? Can it be replaced by will? Could you explain it for me?


    My second question is: is it okay to write something like I'm going to be joining a new firm. I'm going to be telling him about our new marketing plan. Our firm is going to be mapping out a new selling tactic. She is going to be having a conversation with him next month. We are going to be investing in a new market?


    Could it be that" I'm going to be doing" and "I'm going to do" have the same meaning? Please tell me. Thanks.

    All the best.

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    Re: Using 'would' correctly.

    Welcome to the forum, robertchen.

    1: David beamed at Jane and said,"Listen; he offered me a new job. Hearing this, Jane felt elated. "You should do it, and I think you'd be great at it, " said Jane.

    There is an implied condition -You'd be great at it if you accepted the offer.


    2: "Nina's gonna be a sophomore. She won't stick around here," Richard piped up. "I know," I said. "And I'd get to see all of her races and attend science fairs with my boyfriend. It's really tempting."

    It is difficult to say what is going on here. I don't see the connection between Richard's words and the previous utterance.

    3:"I think you are right about brazenness being a factor here. You'd have to be stone-cold to do this."

    The to do this means if you did this.

    4:"You can always delegate", he said. "Stick to the stuff you'd enjoy about being CEO."


    There is, once again, an implied condition ... if you were CEO.
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    Re: Using 'would' correctly.

    Some comments on your question:

    if u don't mind - Please don't use textspeak abbreviations in this language forum.

    The first question that baffles me is how to use would correctly in some circumstances - Please differentiate words you are asking about from your question. Use quotation marks or italics.



    David beamed at Jane and said," listen - Don't leave a space after quotation marks. The first letter of the quoted words should be capitalised.


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    Re: Using 'would' correctly.

    Welcome to the forum, Robert.

    Please ask your second, unrelated question in a separate thread with the title I'm going to be doing/I'm going to do.

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    Re: Using 'would' correctly.

    Piscean, thanks for taking your time to answer the questions.

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    Re: Using 'would' correctly.

    Got it. Sorry about this. I have never visited this forum before today, so I'm not au fait with the rules laid down by this forum's management. Thanks for the tip.

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    Re: Using 'would' correctly.

    Rover KE, thanks for telling me this. I will abide by all the rules here.

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    Re: Using 'would' correctly.

    Have you found the 'Thank' button in the bottom left-hand corner of every post?

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