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# Use of participles

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24 Jan 2019, 00:26
He would be attending the committee as member.
Here I didn't understand the verb part- would be attending- Would + be+ver-bing.

I need help clear this doubt.
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26 Jan 2019, 13:52
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gvij2017 wrote:
He would be attending the committee as member.
Here I didn't understand the verb part- would be attending- Would + be+ver-bing.

I need help clear this doubt.

By itself, this sentence is incorrect.

In order to be correct, you could use this construction in a larger sentence, like this one:

He said that he would be attending the committee as a member.

The reason is that 'would be attending' is in the 'future in the past' tense. It's used to refer to things that are happening in the future, relative to some time in the past. For instance:

"I thought that I would have breakfast by 10 o'clock."
"He knew that he wouldn't earn a good score on the test."

So, it's often used to talk about past situations, where somebody in the past is thinking or talking about the future.

The 'ing' part comes from the fact that this is also a progressive verb. Progressive verbs, on the GMAT, are generally used to emphasize the fact that something is occurring at a single, specific time. For instance, 'I am running' means that I'm literally running right this very second, while 'I run' means that I generally like to run, but might not be running at this very moment.

Putting it also together: 'would' + a present-tense verb often equals 'future in the past'. 'be/am VERBing' indicates the progressive tense.
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26 Jan 2019, 17:05
Thanks!

I appreciate you for illustrating this concept.

Vijay
ccooley wrote:
gvij2017 wrote:
He would be attending the committee as member.
Here I didn't understand the verb part- would be attending- Would + be+ver-bing.

I need help clear this doubt.

By itself, this sentence is incorrect.

In order to be correct, you could use this construction in a larger sentence, like this one:

He said that he would be attending the committee as a member.

The reason is that 'would be attending' is in the 'future in the past' tense. It's used to refer to things that are happening in the future, relative to some time in the past. For instance:

"I thought that I would have breakfast by 10 o'clock."
"He knew that he wouldn't earn a good score on the test."

So, it's often used to talk about past situations, where somebody in the past is thinking or talking about the future.

The 'ing' part comes from the fact that this is also a progressive verb. Progressive verbs, on the GMAT, are generally used to emphasize the fact that something is occurring at a single, specific time. For instance, 'I am running' means that I'm literally running right this very second, while 'I run' means that I generally like to run, but might not be running at this very moment.

Putting it also together: 'would' + a present-tense verb often equals 'future in the past'. 'be/am VERBing' indicates the progressive tense.
Re: Use of participles   [#permalink] 26 Jan 2019, 17:05
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