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I wasn't expecting this to be how I would hear of you after ages.

i would hear is future-in-past in this sentence?

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    Does this answer your question? "Would be" usage Dec 24, 2019 at 18:09
  • I'd say your example could be called "future-in-past" (the "current" interaction lay somewhere in the future, back when the speaker was maybe expecting to next hear from the addressee in some other way). Which is different to, say, He is the man who would be king, where it means this man intends, wants to become king (whereas He was the man who would be king is ambiguous, and could carry either of those senses). Dec 24, 2019 at 18:17

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