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    She would not tell me why

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    My daughter had intended to spend the summer in America, looking at colleges and visiting some friends. But several days ago, she suddenly changed her mind. She would not tell me why.

    My question is what exactly "She would not tell me why" means? Does it just mean " She didn't tell me why" or else?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: She would not tell me why

    It means She didn't want to tell me why

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    Re: She would not tell me why

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Here we have a paragraph:

    My daughter had intended to spend the summer in America, looking at colleges and visiting some friends. But several days ago, she suddenly changed her mind. She would not tell me why.

    My question is what exactly "She would not tell me why" means? Does it just mean " She didn't tell me why" or else?

    Thanks for your help.
    She refused to tell me the reason.


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    Re: She would not tell me why

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    She refused to tell me the reason.
    Doesn't "would" imply annoyance,or anger?

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    Re: She would not tell me why

    Quote Originally Posted by paulmoss View Post
    Doesn't "would" imply annoyance,or anger?
    No, 'would not' implies refusal.

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    Re: She would not tell me why

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, 'would not' implies refusal.
    Hi bhaisahab,

    Could you please tell me more why 'would not' implies refusal?

    Thank you.

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    Re: She would not tell me why

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Hi bhaisahab,

    Could you please tell me more why 'would not' implies refusal?

    Thank you.
    'Would not' is the past tense of 'will not' here. If someone said to you 'I will not do that', it's a refusal.

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    Re: She would not tell me why

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    'Would not' is the past tense of 'will not' here. If someone said to you 'I will not do that', it's a refusal.
    I am getting confused: why in this case the speaker didn't use simple past tense (did not tell)?

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    Re: She would not tell me why

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    I am getting confused: why in this case the speaker didn't use simple past tense (did not tell)?
    If you use 'she would not tell me' the implication is that you asked her and she refused to tell you. If you use 'did not tell me' you are simply stating that she didn't tell, there is no suggestion that she was asked.

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    Re: She would not tell me why

    She would not tell me why.
    She would not explain it to me.
    She refused to elaborate.
    She would not give me a reason.

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