Would - English Grammar


English Grammar - Modal Verbs

Would is a modal verb. Would is often used in conditional sentences with a clause beginning with "If..." but it can also be used in the following situations:


1. Used as a polite invitation or to offer

When someone asks a question to invite you or offer you something using Would, the response can be: Yes, I would OR No, I wouldn't.

2. Describe a prediction (hypothetical situations)

3. To not sound impolite when disagreeing with someone

4. To describe past habits

(This is similar to using Used to)

5. Future in the past

We use would when we are talking about the past but we want to talk about something which was in the future at that time (in the past).

6. Wouldn't: To describe a past unwillingness (refusal)

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