would [ wud ] modal verb ***
Would is usually followed by an infinitive without to :
A picnic would be nice. Sometimes it is used without a following infinitive:
They didn't do as much as they said they would.
In conversation and informal writing, would is often shortened to 'd:
I thought you'd like a drink before dinner.
Would does not change its form, so the third person singular form does not end in -s :
As a child, she would often run away from home.
Questions and negatives are formed without do :
Would you like a cup of coffee?
He would not tell us his secret.
The negative form would not is often shortened in conversation or informal writing to wouldn't:
I wouldn't want to have your job.
Would is often used in tag questions:
You wouldn't lie to me, would you?
Would has no tenses, no participles, and no infinitive form.
There is no past tense, but would have followed by a past participle can be used for talking about actions that did not happen:
She would have bought the house if she had been able to afford it (=she did not buy it).
In some cases would can be used as the past tense of will, for example, in indirect speech introduced by a verb in the past tense:
I promised that I would visit her the next day.
1. ) used for talking about what was going to happen in the past
a ) used for showing what someone expected, intended, promised, etc. when they were thinking or talking about the future:
James said he would never forgive her.
Most analysts expected that there would be a change in policy.
Our plan isn't going to work. I never thought it would.
b ) used for talking about something that was going to happen after a particular point in the past:
Here she met the man who would one day become her husband.
2. ) used for talking about results of an unlikely situation used for talking about the possible results of a situation that is unlikely to happen or that did not happen:
I'd travel first class if I could afford it.
What would happen if there was an earthquake?
would have done something: If I'd known you were coming, I would have gotten your room ready.
3. ) used for giving opinions about possible situations used for saying or asking what someone thinks about a possible situation:
You wouldn't recognize the place now it's changed so much.
It would be fun to have a beach party.
It's no use talking to Henry he wouldn't understand.
Why would anyone want to kill Jerry?
Where would he have hidden the keys?
I could lend you some would fifty dollars be enough?
4. ) used for talking about past habits used for saying what someone used to do in the past:
The Campbells would sometimes invite us over for the weekend.
On winter evenings we'd all sit around the fire.
5. ) used for criticizing someone's behavior SPOKEN used when criticizing someone by saying that a particular action is typical of someone:
Sylvia said it was your fault. Well, Sylvia would say that, wouldn't she?
6. ) used in requests SPOKEN used for politely asking someone to do something or to let you do something:
Would someone please help me move the piano?
would it be all right/okay if...: Would it be all right if I used your phone?
would you mind doing something: Would you mind waiting outside?
7. ) used for offering something SPOKEN used when making a polite offer or invitation:
Would you like a cup of coffee or something?
Would anyone care for a game of tennis?
8. ) to be willing
a ) used when you think someone is willing to do something:
Bruce would lend you the money, I'm sure.
b ) always in negatives used for saying that someone refused to do something on a particular occasion:
I asked her to help me, but she wouldn't.
c ) used for saying that someone was always willing to do something at a time in the past:
During the war people would gladly do extra duties.
9. ) used for saying what someone wants SPOKEN
a ) used for politely saying what someone wants to do or wishes they could do:
would like/love/prefer etc. to do something: I think David would like to see you alone.
Come and spend Christmas with us. I'd love to, but I can't.
b ) I wish someone/something would do something used for saying that you want something to happen or you want a situation to change:
I wish it would stop raining.
10. ) used for offering advice or suggestions SPOKEN used for advising someone to do something or suggesting that they do it:
I'd be careful if I were you.
It would be wise to discuss this with your bank manager.
I would think/imagine/hope etc. SPOKEN
used for saying that you think or hope something is true, although you are not certain:
I would imagine she's at work.
I'd have thought they'd be grateful for your help.
something would not work/start/open etc.
used for saying that you could not make something do what it was meant to although you tried:
I turned the switch, but the motor wouldn't start.
would that LITERARY
used for saying that you wish something were true, especially when you know that it is impossible:
Would that all questions were so easy to answer!

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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