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English definition of “would”

would

modal verb (INTENTION)    strong /wʊd/ weak /wəd/ /əd/ (also 'd)
used to refer to an intention from the point of view of the past: He said he would always love her . They promised that they would help . There was nobody left who would (= was willing to) do it. I asked him to move his car but he said he wouldn't (= he refused ). 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 (INTENTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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