On August 3, 2012, Bloch announced that he would be leaving Google.


What I can understand:

  • I will leave Google.

  • I would leave Google.

What's the meaning of:

would + be + verb-ing

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    That is reported speech. 'Will' is backward shifted to 'would'. Actual form is 'will be Ving'. There is no conditional in that sentence. – Grizzly Feb 10 '16 at 5:37

would + be + verb + ing

This is called the conditional present progressive or conditional present continuous tense.

  • There is no such thing as 'would Ving' but 'would be Ving'. Also, this sentence is not a conditional one. – Grizzly Feb 10 '16 at 5:56
  • That was a typo. The tense is the conditional present progressive. – Jonathan Feb 10 '16 at 6:09
  • ''This form is common in type 2 conditional sentences. It expresses an unfinished or continuing action or situation, which is the probable result of an unreal condition.'' This is the definition from the webpage you linked. Now check wikipedia the that lovespring linked. Is that a conditional sentence or reported speech? – Grizzly Feb 10 '16 at 6:13
  • It is both. The reported speech uses the conditional present continuous instead of the future continuous. – Jonathan Feb 10 '16 at 6:21
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    No it isn't. Reported speech is backward shifting (over generalized). Original sentence of that person is: I will be leaving X. This is not a conditional sentence. There is no condition at all in this sentence. However, by using reported speech the author uses backward shift and replaces ''will'' with ''would''. – Grizzly Feb 10 '16 at 6:40

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