-1

I was asked today by a non-native english speaker to explain that sentence and I was at a complete lost. She wondered why the "would" was even in there at all, and if it were possible to just have the sentence be "She hoped I felt at home."

I'm thinking the "would" is necessary because of some sort of relationship with "hoped", but I'm not sure. And as a grammar buff herself, she's looking for a more...exact answer, maybe something with some grammatical rules to back it up.

Thank you!

migrated from english.stackexchange.com Jan 17 '18 at 18:03

This question came from our site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts.

  • "at a complete loss" – Lawrence Jan 15 '18 at 9:44
  • The addition of some context would improve this question greatly. – Nanigashi Jun 26 at 17:05
2

In this example, the 'would' is used to express the conditional mood, i.e to indicate the consequence of an imagined event. From Oxford:

would Pronunciation /wʊd//wəd/ MODAL VERB

  • 2 
(expressing the conditional mood) indicating the consequence of an imagined event or situation.
‘he would lose his job if he were identified’



Both sentences in your example are grammatically correct, it's just that one expresses the conditional mood. For example:

'She hoped I felt at home while staying with her for the week.' Suggests the event isn't imagined, you are actually there.

'She hoped I would feel at home while staying with her for the week.' Suggests an imagined event, that you will feel at home when you go to stay with her in the future.

HTH

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy