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English definition of “would”

would

modal verb (OPINION)    strong /wʊd/ weak /wəd/ /əd/ (also 'd)
C1 used to express an opinion in a polite way without being forceful : I would imagine we need to speak to the headteacher about this first. It's not what we would have expected from a professional service .Expressing and asking opinionsRemarks and remarkingControlling emotions 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 (OPINION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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