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Meaning of “would” - Learner’s Dictionary

would

modal verb     strong /wʊd/ weak /wəd/
IF
B1 used to say what might happen if something else happens: What would you do if you lost your job?Possible and probable
SAID/THOUGHT
B1 used as the past form of 'will' to talk about what someone has said or thought: Sue promised that she would help. They thought that she would never recover.
WILLING
B1 used as the past form of 'will' to talk about what someone was willing to do or what something was able to do: I asked her to talk to him, but she wouldn't. The car wouldn't start this morning.
would like/love sth
A1 used to say politely that you want something: I'd (= I would) like a cup of coffee, please.Polite expressionsMaking appeals and requests
would you
A1 used to politely ask someone something: Would you like a drink? Would you come with me, please?Polite expressions
IMAGINE
B1 used to talk about a situation that you can imagine happening: It would be lovely to go to New York.
I would imagine/think, etc
used to give an opinion in a polite way: I would imagine she'll discuss it with her husband first.Polite expressions
OFTEN
B2 used to talk about things that happened often in the past: He would always turn and wave at the end of the street.Frequency and regularity - general words
She/he/you would! mainly UK
used to show that you are not surprised by someone's annoying behaviour: Margot spent $500 on a dress for the occasion but she would, wouldn't she? Annoying
Translations of “would”
in Arabic سَوف, الفِعل الماضي مِنْ will, فِعل مُساعِد…
in Korean (상상하는 일이 발생할 경우)-일 것이다, “will”의 과거형으로 쓰임, (상상속에서 일어 날 수 있는 일을 말할때) -일 것이다…
in Malaysian akan, bakal, (not translated)…
in French -rais, -rait, ……
in Turkish bir şey olursa ondan sonra olabilecek şeyi anlatmada kullanılır (şart cümleciğinin 2. türünde), geçmiş zaman fiil yapısında 'will' yardımcı fiilinin 2. hâli olarak kullanılır, birinin bir şeyi önceden yapmaya istekli olduğunu veya bir şeyin neyi yapabileceğini belirtirken 'will' yardımcı fiilinin geçmiş hâli olarak kullanılır…
in Italian usato per esprimere quello che potrebbe accadere se qualcos’altro accade, usato come passato semplice di “will”, usato per esprimere una situazione che si immagina possa accadere…
in Chinese (Traditional) 未來, (從過去的角度指將來發生的事)將,將要…
in Russian вспом. гл. для образования форм сослагательного наклонения, вспом. гл., в придаточном предложении служит для выражения будущего времени…
in Polish by, często tłumaczymy polskim czasem przyszłym, chcieć…
in Vietnamese quá khứ của will, hỏi lịch sự, nêu quan điểm…
in Spanish (para formar el pasado de ‘‘will’’), (para expresar algo que puede o podría ocurrir), (para expresar de forma educada una opinión)…
in Portuguese usado para dizer o que talvez aconteça se algo mais acontecer, forma do passado de “will”, usado para falar sobre uma situação que você pode imaginar que aconteça…
in Thai จะ, ใช้ในการพูดถึงสิ่งที่จะเกิดขึ้น หรืออาจเกิดขึ้น, ใช้เพื่อแสดงความเห็นอย่างสุภาพ…
in German Imperfekt von ‘will‘, konditional: würde/n/st, höflicher Ausdruck einer Vorliebe…
in Catalan s’utilitza per a expressar el que passaria si es dóna una condició, passat de “will”, s’utilitza per a parlar de situacions imaginàries…
in Japanese (もし~ならば)~するだろう, (もし~ならば)するかもしれない, “will” の過去形…
in Indonesian akan, mungkin, lebih suka…
in Chinese (Simplified) 未来, (从过去的角度指将来发生的事)将,将要…
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