Here is the context :

Jim has the daughter who wants her father to buy the dog. Jim tells the daughter that " our landlord is afraid of dogs". But the daughter answer that "Charlie's just a little dog".

My question is how to understand the below Jim's answer :

That's the worst kind. What's more, with our luck, the dog would bite him and he would make us move out.

  • Which part do you need help with? – The Photon Jan 2 '15 at 20:57
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    The first sentence refers to 'little dog': "A little dog is the worst kind of dog." The second is a conditional: "Our luck is such that [if we got the dog] the dog would bite the landlord, and the landlord would make us move." – StoneyB on hiatus Jan 2 '15 at 20:59
  • Actually, it refers to the both sentences. – Marek Jan 2 '15 at 21:21

Would is expressing the conditional mood here.

With our luck, the dog would bite him and he would make us move out.

The sentence is saying there's a possibility the dog might bite him, and that he would make them move out.

We can't say will bite/will make us move out because the speaker/writer believes this is a possible outcome, not a definite outcome.

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