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    uage of the word "would"

    Hi,

    Please read the following paragraph, first, extracted from NEWSWEEK.

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    At the accident site, a crane was lifting the remains of a car so crumpled it was hard to tell what it had been. But Christos recognized a hubcap, barley attached, and collapsed onto the pavement. Later, two coroners told the family Nikki had been driving at close to 100mph when she clipped another vehicle, tumbled over the median, and smashed into the concrete tollbooth. An autopsy would later reveal that she still had cocaine in her system.
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    My question is as follows. I don't understand the usage of 'would' in above sentence.
    1) How would it be sounded differently if 'would' was gotten rid of and 'reveal' was switched to 'revealed'?
    2) Could you give me more examples that use 'would' in the same way?

    Thanks,

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    Re: uage of the word "would"

    Would means "will" but it's not the future any more, it's in the past, so we change the will to would.

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    Exclamation Re: uage of the word "would"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Would means "will" but it's not the future any more, it's in the past, so we change the will to would.
    What about this:

    An autopsy later revealed that she still had cocaine in her system.

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    Re: uage of the word "would"

    Yes, that's very similar, a different approach to the same facts.

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