Monday, 11 June 2012

What is the meaning of the word would?

We use would, and not will, when we report what someone said.

She said she would not act in the film.
The manager said he would inform the client about the meeting next week.
The doctor told the nurse that he would leave the report at the front office.

We use would  to talk about what regularly happened in the past. If the simple present is used for speaking about what happens every time, would is used for speaking about what happened every time in the past.

When upset or angry, Ajay would lock himself in a room and refuse to eat.
Our teacher would give us a chocolate every time we answered the questions correctly.
We use would to make a polite request.

Would you please wait for a sec?

We use would when speak about imaginary or unreal situations.

What would you ask of God if he granted you a boon?
I would ask for his address.

We use would when we offer something to someone or invite someone to something.

Would you like to have some coffee?
Would you like to join us for dinner?

We use would with like to with the meaning want to.

I would like to speak to Col.  Kumar, please.
Would you like to come with us to a movie?

We use would with rather to show what we prefer.

What would you like to have? Coffee or tea?
I would rather have some coffee.

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