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    #1

    A strange modal verb.

    Would you please answer just the 3 questions? the other usages of 'would' are fine with me.
    1 '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'm coming or will come with you.

    So, Are 'Would' and 'Maybe' alike?, Disregarding the meaning they imply. I mean (functioning the samee).



    2
    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 that
    If you buy, It will be a nice idea.

    Is 'would' used as an Ellipsis?



    3
    A: What is the correct answer?
    B: I would say: C is the correct.

    What does 'would' mean here? Expectation?

    My English is getting better.

    I would be thankful.
    Last edited by tareq10; 15-Mar-2009 at 21:58.

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    #2

    Re: A strange modal verb.

    [1] Would you like to come?
    => Polite request


    [2] It would be ..., if you did indeed [buy a camera]
    => Conditional

    [3] I would [have to] say that C is the correct answer--if I had to guess.
    => Used to indicate uncertainty

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    would

    1. Used to express desire or intent: She said she would meet us at the corner.
    2. Used to express a wish: Would that we had gone with you!
    3. Used after a statement of desire, request, or advice: I wish you would stay.
    4. Used to make a polite request: Would you go with me?
    5. 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.
    6. Used to express presumption or expectation: That would be Steve at the door.
    7. Used to indicate uncertainty: He would seem to be getting better.
    8. Used to express repeated or habitual action in the past: Every morning we would walk in the garden.


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    #3

    Re: A strange modal verb.

    Thanks a lot, Soup.

    This what I have been looking for so long.

    Really I appreciate your interest.

    Thanks



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    Re: A strange modal verb.

    I see what you mean!
    1. A: I'm going to visit my friend at 7 o'clock. Maybe you'd like to come with me?

    When 'would' indicates uncertainty, it seems like 'maybe yes, maybe no' that someone would like to go; and so, that 'would you' implies 'maybe'.

    For the second snippet of conversation, it would be better expressed as:
    A: I want to buy a new phone with a digital camera.
    B: Great! It That would be a nice idea.
    (...and God knows what to substitute for 'nice' except another 'great', 'tremendous' or gut-wrenching 'awesome - 'nice' implies a benefit, a kindness to others. Otherwise, it would be mean that people see his buying the phone for himself as 'nice'. Other people view the situation and think, 'isn't that nice, he treated himself to a new phone". Why??
    Last edited by David L.; 28-Mar-2009 at 19:16.

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    #5

    Re: A strange modal verb.

    Thanks a lot David L.

    you've got it well!

    This actually what causes my broblem:

    In a situation when someone says:

    I (will) want to buy a new computer. and I reply:

    That would be useful.

    As I've heared that this is (conditional) so, how comes it is correct knowing that the full sentence should be like this:

    If you buy a new computer, It will be useful.


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    #6

    Re: A strange modal verb.

    I (will) want to buy a new computer.
    and I reply:

    That would be useful.
    This is not Conditional. 'would' here is used as you are offering an opinion.

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