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    #1

    what does 'would' refer to?

    I'm about to get rid of my problem regarding the use of 'would'.
    To cut a long story short, there is only one use in such a situation where I can't determine why it is used this way:

    When someone asks a quetion as to what is the correct answer, Others reply: for example,

    I'd say 'a' is correct.

    My question is that what is the function of 'would' in such a case?

    To my poinion, the reply 'I would say 'a' is correct' implies that 'a' would be correct If the situation was/were.

    Is my opinion punctual!

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: what does 'would' refer to?

    Tareq, that's a great question. That use of "would" is just a meaningless mannerism, something people do to dress up their speech. As you probably suspect, it serves absolutely no function and makes no logical sense.

    In other words:

    I'd like to thank you. = Thank you.

    It's deeply embedded in the language, however, so we might as well get used to it. (I'm still trying!)

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    Re: what does 'would' refer to?

    'Would' seems to be functioning the same as 'maybe' in such a conversation:

    A: I'm going to visit my freind at 7 o'clock, would you like to come wih me?

    B: Hmm, maybe. He is unsure. He isn't saying I'll come with you.

    So, Are 'Would' and 'Maybe' alike?, Disregarding the meaning they imply.

    A: I want to buy a new phone with a digital camera.
    B: Great! It would be a nice idea. If you bought, It would be a nice idea.

    But in this stuation he should have said 'It will be' because it implies
    If you buy, It will be a nice idea.

    Is 'would' used as an Ellipsis?
    Last edited by tareq10; 13-Mar-2009 at 14:47.

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    Re: what does 'would' refer to?

    Where are you teachers!

    Shall I post a question and anser it by myself?




    Would you please help me understand the meaning of 'would' in the above use. And whether my interpretation correct or not?

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: what does 'would' refer to?

    "Would" Commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present.
    Used to express desire or intent: She said she would meet us at the corner.
    Used to express a wish: Would that we had gone with you!
    Used after a statement of desire, request, or advice: I wish you would stay.
    Used to make a polite request: Would you go with me?
    Used in the main clause of a conditional statement to express a possibility or likelihood: If I had enough money, I would buy a car. We would have gone to the beach, had the weather been good. See Usage Note at if.
    Used to express presumption or expectation: That would be Steve at the door.
    Used to indicate uncertainty: He would seem to be getting better.
    Used to express repeated or habitual action in the past: Every morning we would walk in the garden.

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    Re: what does 'would' refer to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Финансист View Post
    "Would" Commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present.
    Used to express desire or intent: She said she would meet us at the corner. she desired

    Used to express a wish: Would that we had gone with you! I hope/wish

    Used after a statement of desire, request, or advice: I wish you would stay.

    Used to express presumption or expectation: That would be Steve at the door. maybe or probably

    Used to indicate uncertainty: He would seem to be getting better. might

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    Thanks a lot! you really helped me. You are the first to describe ' would ' in such an easy and clear way.

    One last thing, Is what I've wrote about 'would' correct?

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