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    all possible uses of WOULD

    Hi,
    Could you please share common uses of word : WOULD besides the below forms that I already knew.

    Polite request: Would you close the window, please?
    Conditional II and III: If I saw you, I would greet you. If I had seen you, I would have greeted you.
    Past habit: When I was young, I would play outside all day.

    Can I use it in the context of possibility (not quite sure) situations?

    Also please let me know what WOULD is conveying in following 2 sentences which I encountered in today's news article.

    It is not known whether the Fed WOULD now change course and agree to provide an emergency infusion of capital to the cash-starved insurance giant, or what form such aid WOULD take.

    If the Fed intervenes, it WOULD be an eleventh-hour bailout of A.I.G.
    (why not WILL is more appropriate here?)

    Also I will appreciate if you could provide link to comprehensive use WOULD.

    Thanks,
    Ravi


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    Re: all possible uses of WOULD

    I will appreciate if some one could answer my question.

    Thanks,
    Ravi

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    Smile Re: all possible uses of WOULD

    Quote Originally Posted by ravikumarkargam View Post
    I will appreciate if some one could answer my question.

    Thanks,
    Ravi
    Would + not also conveys the meaning of refusal in the past:
    I asked her about the problem, but she wouldn't (= didn't want to) tell me.

    And of course, would is also used in reported speech:
    She says she will see to it.
    She said she would see to it.



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