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    They would have looked up at the sky

    Can we replace would we "could" and "might"?

    Might : Not certain, probability in the past and just guess.
    Could: Possibility or ability in the past.

    But I don't know what "would" mean here?

    Neil: So in the past, before people had mechanicaltimepieces, how did they know when to arrive at work, for example – or when to finish?Rob

    Rob: They would have looked up at the sky, and observed how the position of the sun, the moon,and the stars changed as time passed.

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    Re: They would have looked up at the sky

    Quote Originally Posted by sania-baharat View Post
    Can we replace "would" we with "could" and or "might"?

    But I don't know what "would" means here?

    Neil: So in the past, before people had mechanical timepieces, how did they know when to arrive at work, for example, or when to finish? Rob.

    Rob: They would have looked up at the sky and observed how the position of the sun, the moon, and the stars changed as time passed.
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    Re: They would have looked up at the sky

    I think I'd write "... when to finish, Rob?" or "... when to finish? Rob?"

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