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Would

 Can / Could / Dare / Have to / May / Might / Must / Need (to) / Ought to / Shall / Should / Use(d) to / Will / Would

 Modal Verbs Home

Review Modal verbs by function here

Polite requests


Habitual actions in the past


Future past


Past of "Will"/Reported speech


Conditional structures



Function



Polite requests

Would is used to make requests. It is more polite than using will


Would you be able to collect my parents from the airport?


Habitual actions in the past

Would is used to talk about actions that were habitual:


We would always go to Church on a Sunday when I was young


Future Past

We sometimes use woudl to talk about the fruture from the point of view of the past. This is when the speaker looks forward to the future from a moemnt in the past.


When I broke my leg, I thought I would never play football again. 

 

Past of "will" and reported speech

When we report speech, will is converted into would:


"Will you come to my party?" Amy asked the boys


Amy asked if the boys woudl come to her party


Conditional structures

We use would in type II conditional structures to talk about hypothetical actions.

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