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Can someone please explain me the usage of would. I have read at places that it is used in conditionals only, can someone please elaborate with some examples.
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Can someone please explain me the usage of would. I have read at places that it is used in conditionals only, can someone please elaborate with some examples.
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Just sharing my findings. Hope this will be helpful to you and others also.
'Would' is used mainly in four ways:

1. Hypothetical situation: In this situation it is used as conditional.

"If I were you, I would take the challenge" - this situation is a hypothetical one. In such hypothetical situation the form is used "....... were, ....... would ......"

2. Modal: 'Would' is used as modal.
"Would you lend me your car, please?" - Here 'would you' is more polite than 'will you'.

3. As past tense of 'will': In this situation 'would' connotes a future event in the past.
"Bill told me last year that he would join gym after exam" - In this case 'would join' implies a future event with respect to the time when 'bill told'.

4. Polite submission:
"I would request all the users to go through the forum rule before posting any comment." - Here I am making a polite request to all the users.
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There are three types of "If..Then..." Clause. 2 of these uses "would"
Let me try to explain all of them -

Notice that the word "then" may not be actually there. It can be implied e.g. - "If I reach the market in time, [then] I will bring milk.

1.If <Present tense>, then "will + base form of verb"
e.g. If he practices hard, he will win the championship

2.If <Past tense>, then "would/could + base form of verb"
e.g. If he practiced hard, he would win the chamionship

3. If <Past Perfect tense>, then "would/could have + past participle form of verb"
e.g. If he had practiced hard, he would have won the championship

Also note that this list of "would" usage is not exhaustive but a frequently used one.

Lastly, one more usage of if..then clause -
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