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English definition of “would”

would

modal verb (POSSIBLE)    strong /wʊd/ weak /wəd/ /əd/
B1 (also 'd) used to refer to a situation that you can imagine happening : I would hate to miss the show. I'd go myself but I'm too busy . It would have been very boring to sit through the whole speech . B1 (also 'd) used with if in conditional sentences (= sentences that refer to what happens if something else happens ): What would you do if you lost your job ? If I'd had time , I would have gone to see Graham. 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 (POSSIBLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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