would

 
Would is a modal verb. It is used with the base form of a verb. In spoken English, would is often abbreviated to "d.  


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1  modal 
You use would when you are saying what someone believed, hoped, or expected to happen or be the case. No one believed he would actually kill himself..., Would he always be like this?..., He expressed the hope that on Monday elementary schools would be reopened..., A report yesterday that said British unemployment would continue to rise...  
2  modal 
You use would when saying what someone intended to do. The statement added that although there were a number of differing views, these would be discussed by both sides..., George decided it was such a rare car that he would only use it for a few shows...  
3  modal 
You use would when you are referring to the result or effect of a possible situation. Ordinarily it would be fun to be taken to fabulous restaurants..., It would be wrong to suggest that police officers were not annoyed by acts of indecency..., It would cost very much more for the four of us to go from Italy.  
4  modal 
You use would, or would have with a past participle, to indicate that you are assuming or guessing that something is true, because you have good reasons for thinking it. You wouldn"t know him..., His fans would already be familiar with Caroline..., It was half seven; her mother would be annoyed because he was so late.  
5  modal 
You use would in the main clause of some `if" and `unless" sentences to indicate something you consider to be fairly unlikely to happen. If only I could get some sleep, I would be able to cope..., A policeman would not live one year if he obeyed these regulations...  
6  modal 
You use would to say that someone was willing to do something. You use would not to indicate that they refused to do something. They said they would give the police their full cooperation..., She indicated that she would help her husband..., He wouldn"t say where he had picked up the information.  
7  modal 
You use would not to indicate that something did not happen, often in spite of a lot of effort. He kicked, pushed, and hurled his shoulder at the door. It wouldn"t open..., He kept trying to start the car and the battery got flatter and flatter, until it wouldn"t turn the engine at all...  
8  modal 
You use would, especially with `like", `love", and `wish", when saying that someone wants to do or have a particular thing or wants a particular thing to happen. Right now, your mom would like a cup of coffee..., Ideally, she would love to become pregnant again..., He wished it would end...   → would rather  → rather 
9  modal You use would with `if" clauses in questions when you are asking for permission to do something. Do you think it would be all right if I smoked?..., Mr. Cutler, would you mind if I asked a question?  
10  modal 
You use would, usually in questions with `like", when you are making a polite offer or invitation., (politeness) Would you like a drink?..., Perhaps you would like to pay a visit to London.  
11  modal You use would, usually in questions, when you are politely asking someone to do something., (politeness) (=could) Would you come in here a moment, please?..., Oh dear, there"s the doorbell. See who it is, would you, darling.  
12  modal 
You say that someone would do something when it is typical of them and you are critical of it. You emphasize the word would when you use it in this way., (disapproval) Well, you would say that: you"re a man...  
13  modal You use would, or sometimes would have with a past participle, when you are expressing your opinion about something or seeing if people agree with you, especially when you are uncertain about what you are saying., (vagueness) I think you"d agree he"s a very respected columnist..., I would have thought it a proper job for the Army to fight rebellion..., I would imagine she"s quite lonely living on her own.  
14  modal You use I would when you are giving someone advice in an informal way. If I were you I would simply ring your friend"s bell and ask for your bike back..., There could be more unrest, but I wouldn"t exaggerate the problems.  
15  modal 
You use you would in negative sentences with verbs such as `guess" and `know" when you want to say that something is not obvious, especially something surprising. Chris is so full of artistic temperament you"d never think she was the daughter of a banker...  
16  modal 
You use would to talk about something which happened regularly in the past but which no longer happens. (=used to) Sunday mornings my mother would bake. I"d stand by the fridge and help...  
17  modal 
You use would have with a past participle when you are saying what was likely to have happened by a particular time. Within ten weeks of the introduction, 34 million people would have been reached by our television commercials.  
18  modal 
You use would have with a past participle when you are referring to the result or effect of a possible event in the past. My daughter would have been 17 this week if she had lived..., If I had known how he felt, I would never have let him adopt those children...  
19  modal 
If you say that someone would have liked or preferred something, you mean that they wanted to do it or have it but were unable to. I would have liked a life in politics..., She would have liked to ask questions, but he had moved on to another topic...  
would-be 
 You can use would-be to describe someone who wants or attempts to do a particular thing. For example, a would-be writer is someone who wants to be a writer.  adj ADJ n ...a book that provides encouragement for would-be writers who cannot get their novel into print.  
would"ve 
 Would"ve is a spoken form of `would have", when `have" is an auxiliary verb. My mum would"ve loved one of us to go to college.  


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