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    "Help Wanted"

    I understand that "wanted" is a past participle. "Help is wanted." I don't understand why wanted is in the past but the help is for the future. Please explain...

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    why is the contraction I'd, you'd, he'd the pronoun plus would?

    why can't it be should? Help thanks.

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    Re: "Help Wanted"

    "Wanted" is being used as an adjective, not as past participle. The opposite would be "unwanted."

    The 'd used with a pronoun always means "would." It isn't used with "could" or "should."
    Last edited by JCrawf; 02-Nov-2006 at 22:59.

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    Re: "Help Wanted"

    Quote Originally Posted by vm1112 View Post
    I understand that "wanted" is a past participle. "Help is wanted." I don't understand why wanted is in the past but the help is for the future. Please explain...

    also...


    why is the contraction I'd, you'd, he'd the pronoun plus would?

    why can't it be should? Help thanks.
    The real phrase is "Help is wanted." "Wanted" is a past participle and is part of the passive voice.

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