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PostSubject: WOULD (part 1)   Tue 22 Mar - 9:24


In English grammar, ‘would’ is a modal verb, or modal. Modals give a special meaning to a verb, and they are always followed by the bare infinitive form of,the verb, in other words, the infinitive without ‘to’. So, for example, it is wrong to say ‘I would to like a cup of coffee’, and it is correct to say ‘I would like a cup of coffee.’ I’ll tell you more about infinitives in a future audio
blog. There are many ways to use WOULD, so in this blog we will look at the first 4 uses.
Meaning 1: We use ‘would’ as a more polite form of 'will' in requests and offers.
Examples: Would you mind closing the window?
Would you like some help?
Would you like me to carry your bags?

Would your daughter like a drink of water?
Meaning 2: We use both 'would' and 'should' in the same way for giving advice.
Examples: I wouldn't be concerned about it, if I were you.
(note:here, we can also say ‘I shouldn’t be concerned about it if I were you,’ and it means ‘I advise you not to be concerned about it.’)
If I were him, I’d be more careful when riding my bicycle in traffic!

Meaning 3:'Would rather' or 'would sooner' are used to show that you prefer to have or do one thing more than another.
Examples: I'd rather have a coffee than a tea, thanks.
Which would you sooner do - play football or go for a walk?
Wouldn't you rather finish it this morning?

Meaning 4:
Would is used with ‘if’ in conditional sentences that refer to an unreal, theoretical situation in the present, past or future.
“What would you do if you were very rich?” “If I had a lot of money, I would travel around the world.” (note: in this example, the person is not rich now.)If I had been there earlier, I would have seen you before you left. (note: the reality here is that I was not there earlier and so I did not see you before I left.)

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