I have read this in "The Hindu" newspaper of India

But in 1879 he would hit the jackpot as it were and bring out the blockbuster that would reverberate across the world.

Why would is used here?? Does this mean "it was about to hit jackpot"? Also what does "as it were" means??

  • As it were means that 'hitting the jackpot' is a metaphor; the person achieved a financial success, not literally a gambling win. Jun 7, 2021 at 7:10

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If I am not wrong, something which is going to happen in future is being described in past, so the use of would is there for the same nous. The use of "as it were" characterizes the preceding term.

  • Yes - presumably the previous sentence was about the person's life before 1879, when the event being referred to was still in the future. Jun 7, 2021 at 7:09

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