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    meaning of would

    Hello everyone

    I'd like to ask about the meaning of would in the following context:

    I noticed that images of Spirit emanations appeared only in photos
    taken with flash. Even when I took the photograph in broad daylight,
    only under certain circumstances would Spirit beings appear. In all
    such cases it turned out that I had used a flash to lighten up the faces
    of the people being photographed. (Nevertheless, the ingenuity of
    Spirit beings may well be so great that people might begin seeing
    them even without the aid of a flash.)
    Since the actual duration of an electronic flash is only approximately
    1/1000th of a second, it became clear that Spirits were capable
    of moving at a very high speed and would do so as their normal mode of being
    present. Their “standard condition” or “resting position” would not be
    characterized by absence of motion, as one might expect from comparison
    with physical beings, but rather by a state of super-high-speed
    motion.

    Does "would" in "would do so" denote repeated actions in the past?

    And does "would" in "would not be characterized" imply the first conditional as in "If I had enough money I would buy a big house"?


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    Re: meaning of would

    Does "would" in "would do so" denote repeated actions in the past?

    Yes, I think you're correct.

    And does "would" in "would not be characterized" imply the first conditional as in "If I had enough money I would buy a big house"?
    [/quote]

    Yes, I think it denotes something contrary to present evidence (the 2nd conditional, not 1st). However I am using the word "evidence" extremely loosley here!

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    Re: meaning of would

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    Does "would" in "would do so" denote repeated actions in the past?

    Yes, I think you're correct.

    And does "would" in "would not be characterized" imply the first conditional as in "If I had enough money I would buy a big house"?
    Yes, I think it denotes something contrary to present evidence (the 2nd conditional, not 1st). However I am using the word "evidence" extremely loosley here![/QUOTE]
    Thank you very much, colloquium.

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