If you want to say, for example, "If I were you, last thing I'd do is laugh" what is the correct usage of "would" here?

I've seen the above example but that doesn't sound quite right to me. Wouldn't this work: "... last thing I'd do would be to laugh"?

Or: "...last thing I do would be to laugh"?

  • The most common one is " The last thing I would if I were you is laugh" The other option has two woulds which sounds redundant. – Ghaith Alrestom Nov 11 '15 at 18:29
  • Yes, that's what I thought too but that "is" there seemed a little wrong to me for some reason. Thanks for your answer – Mertcan Ekiz Nov 11 '15 at 18:41
  • "Is" here is necessary because if you turn it into a question " What is the last thing you would do if you were me?" After "what" there is "is" so the answer should have "is", other examples "The most I could do is" "The most you will ever make of yourself is blow men like me" "the harshest thing you could ever do to me is ..." see "is" here is necessary. :) – Ghaith Alrestom Nov 11 '15 at 18:47
  • It's meant as a warning. Changing "is X" to "would be to X" softens the statement. – mkennedy Nov 11 '15 at 21:49
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    It sounds almost fine to me, but I would add a "the" > "If I were you, the last thing I'd do is laugh" – Ron Jensen - We are all Monica Nov 11 '15 at 22:07

The common usage would be as follows:

Person A: I challenge you to a race!
Person B: Ha! You won't even make it halfway before I finish.
Person A: If I were you, the last thing I would do is laugh.

I think this is more of a sort of idiom. This is the way it is said, and it has a particular connotation associated with it. While other options may be grammatically correct, the idiom needs to be said this way.

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