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    Need Senior members help

    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:

    examples

    -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?

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    Udara
    Last edited by udara sankalpa; 29-Jun-2007 at 07:56. Reason: It should be "senior members' help, but cannot edit it, can I?

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    Unhappy Re: Need Senior members help

    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    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:

    examples

    -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?

    Cheers
    Udara
    To my knowledge, would is supposed to be used, with that meaning, to refer to past actions only; I'm afraid it doesn't work in the sentence you provided, udara.
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    Re: Need Senior members help

    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.

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    Re: Need Senior members help

    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'.


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    Re: Need Senior members help

    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?

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    Re: Need Senior members help

    It refers to the past, usually recent.

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