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would

modal verb  /wʊd, wəd/ us  

would modal verb (FUTURE)

used to refer to future time after a verb in the past tense: He said he would see his brother tomorrow. They hoped they would go to France for their next vacation.

would modal verb (INTENTION)

used to express an intention or plan after a verb in a past tense: He said he would love her forever. They promised that tomorrow they would help.

would modal verb (REQUEST)

used as a form of will in requests and offers: "Would you like some cake?" "Yes, I would." Would you pick up a newspaper on your way home?

would modal verb (POSSIBLE)

used to refer to a possibility or likelihood: I would hate to miss the show. Would is used with if in sentences that show what will happen if something else happens: What would you do if you lost your job?

would modal verb (ALWAYS)

used to suggest that in the past something happened often or always: In summer my dad would sit on the back porch after supper and read the newspaper.

would

 /wʊd, wəd/ us  

would (WILL)

past simple of will : The car wouldn’t start this morning.
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