I’m a passionate English-learner from Korea, and I have a question.
Why is would used in this sentence?
A true friend would not say such a thing.
I can think that the speaker is probably not saying that a true friend in general “doesn’t” say such a thing. So, I think maybe the sentence means this sentence:
If you were a true friend of mine, you wouldn’t say such a thing.
My point is that I think the “a true friend” doesn’t actually indicate a true friend in general. I think the “a true friend” indicates the listener. And so I think that’s why would is used to refer a simple, imaginary situation. Is this why would is used instead of does here?
I would really appreciate your help.