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English definition of “would”

would

modal verb (FUTURE)    strong /wʊd/ weak /wəd/ /əd/
B1 (also 'd) used to refer to future time from the point of view of the past: He said he would see his brother tomorrow . They knew there would be trouble unless the report was finished by the next day . We realized it wouldn't be easy to find another secretary . would have used to refer back to a time in the past from a point of view in the future : We thought they would have got home by five o'clock, but there was no reply when we phoned . Grammar:Should and wouldWe use should as a more formal alternative to would with I and we in conditional clauses.Grammar:WouldGrammar:Would: formGrammar:Would: usesGrammar:Would or will?We can use would as a more formal or polite alternative to will in requests. We often use the phrase would you mind + -ing in polite requests.
(Definition of would modal verb (FUTURE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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