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    You can see where he'd have trouble!

    In the link below, in 2:51, what does the following mean and why Ross used "Would"?

    Ross: You can see where he'd have trouble!

    This is my conclusion:

    I think he used would to make the statement less polite. Also can we rephrase as the following?
    "If your father couldn't understand that metaphor, then you can see he would have trouble understanding you."





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    Re: You can see where he'd have trouble!

    You've heard it wrong. Ross says You can see where he had trouble.

    He means: You can see where he had trouble understanding what you were trying to say.

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    Re: You can see where he'd have trouble!

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    You've heard it wrong. Ross says You can see where he had trouble.
    I heard You can see where he'd have trouble!

    The underlined words mean that having trouble is a natural thing in the circumstances.


    Mandy Rice-Davies famously used would in a similar way.
    Last edited by Piscean; 02-Jun-2019 at 16:59. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: You can see where he'd have trouble!

    Quote Originally Posted by it-is-niaz View Post
    In the link below, in at 2:51, what does the following mean and why did Ross used use/say "Would"?

    Ross: You can see where he'd have trouble!

    This is my conclusion:

    I think he used would to make the statement less polite. Also can we rephrase as the following it this way?
    "If your father couldn't understand that metaphor, then you can see he would have trouble understanding you."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh0I...o7JxLJgqC4ODfK
    Note my corrections above. Rachel is having trouble explaining her own metaphor so Ross is saying that she should be able to understand why her father would have trouble understanding it. It could be rephrased as "You can see why he's having trouble [understanding you]." His use of "would" has nothing to do with politeness.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: You can see where he'd have trouble!

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I heard You can see where he'd have trouble!

    The underlines words mean that having trouble is a natural thing in the circumstances.
    Thanks. So, "would" here has nothing to do with the second conditional, right?

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    Re: You can see where he'd have trouble!

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It could be rephrased as "You can see why he's having trouble [understanding you]."
    Thank you.
    So the differences between "he would have trouble" and "he is having trouble" is that the first one is his typical behavior (Rachel's father) and the second one is his temporally behavior because of being present contentious, am I right?

    Also, I found definition #5 in the link below, does it make sense in what Ross used?
    https://www.macmillandictionary.com/...american/would

    Last edited by it-is-niaz; 02-Jun-2019 at 15:12.

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    Re: You can see where he'd have trouble!

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I heard You can see where he'd have trouble!
    I just listened again several times. I do now think he probably does say he'd have.

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    Re: You can see where he'd have trouble!

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I just listened again several times. I do now think he probably does say he'd have.
    That's what I heard the one and only time I listened.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: You can see where he'd have trouble!

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Mandy Rice-Davies famously used would in a similar way.
    What a point! Is the following extracted from the point you made in the link above?


    Ross could have said : You can see where he would have trouble, wouldn't he?
    Last edited by yi-ing; 02-Jun-2019 at 22:44.

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    Re: You can see where he'd have trouble!

    Quote Originally Posted by it-is-niaz View Post
    Thanks. So, "would" here has nothing to do with the second conditional, right?
    Right.

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