Hi there ,
The usage of "would" includes the following sense: (Longman Dictionary)
typical behaviour spoken - used to say that an action is typical or expected - usually used to show disapproval:
-You would go and spoil it, wouldn't you!
-She insists that she did nothing wrong, but then she would say that, wouldn't she?
Considering the 'sense of would" mentioned above, may I infer that the following sentence is gramatically correct?
-If Jhon comes to the party, he would spoil it, wouldn't he?
Last edited by udara sankalpa; 29-Jun-2007 at 06:56. Reason: It should be "senior members' help, but cannot edit it, can I?
Hi engee ,
I'm afraid, I don't quite find myself with you there: you're not quite sure of it, are you? Will see anyway what our senior members say. Many thanks though for the quick response.
I'm with Engee here; it's hard for it to be expected and to show annoyance when we're not fully sure whether he'll come. You could use something like 'he's bound to spoil it'.
Hi Tdol ,
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe, knowng somebody's typical behaviour we expect it (ie. spoiling the party etc)
Do you mean in other words that the first example given in my thread refers to past? Does it really refer to past? I thought it refers to future.
Would you please help me get it clarified please?
It refers to the past, usually recent.