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    would

    Hi.

    A: Do you think John will tell Mary our secret?

    B: I can't see why he would do that.

    In the B: sentence, what is the grammatical function of would?


    Could you explain that to me,Please.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: would

    I am not a teacher, just a native speaker.

    "would" indicates that the speaker is speaking of a hypothetical, something that hasn't happened yet and we aren't sure will happen. Because the speaker is expressing doubt about whether john will tell the secret, the speaker uses "would".


    Gramatically, would is an auxillary verb.


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    Re: would

    Quote Originally Posted by person132 View Post
    I am not a teacher, just a native speaker.

    "would" indicates that the speaker is speaking of a hypothetical, something that hasn't happened yet and we aren't sure will happen. Because the speaker is expressing doubt about whether john will tell the secret, the speaker uses "would".


    Gramatically, would is an auxillary verb.

    Thank you so much for your explanation.

    Merry Christmas! Everyone!

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