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    modal verb would

    Hello Teacher,

    I would like to learn the contexts where modal verb "would" is used.

    Please list all the contexts where "would" is correctly used.

    Thanks.
    Finelearner.

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    Re: modal verb would

    Quote Originally Posted by finelearner View Post
    Hello Teacher,

    I would like to learn the contexts where modal verb "would" is used.

    Please list all the contexts where "would" is correctly used.

    Thanks.
    Finelearner.
    would (wʊd)
    aux.v., Past tense of will2.
    1. Used to express desire or intent: She said she would meet us at the corner.
    2. Used to express a wish: Would that we had gone with you!
    3. Used after a statement of desire, request, or advice: I wish you would stay.
    4. Used to make a polite request: Would you go with me?
    5. Used in the main clause of a conditional statement to express a possibility or likelihood: If I had enough money, I would buy a car. We would have gone to the beach, had the weather been good. See Usage Note at if.
    6. Used to express presumption or expectation: That would be Steve at the door.
    7. Used to indicate uncertainty: He would seem to be getting better.
    8. Used to express repeated or habitual action in the past: Every morning we would walk in the garden.


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