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1st and 2nd conditional mixed?

I am so confused because I see lots of 1st and 2nd conditional mixed sentences.(or maybe it not) There is an example in music video called "Queen of Mean". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9o1QS-itsU ...
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A Particular Use of “Would”

Someone commented on a YouTube video, and I don't understand why he used "would". Here is the comment: I swear the video could be 911 stories and there would be a police photo on the thumbnail.
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WOULD meaning in those sentences

1.I think we would be better off friends. 2.I think that i would die. 3.I would die for you. 4.I think i would just cut the wire. Why would is used in those sentences? I think it is not ...
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QUESTION about WOULD

My friend said to me yesterday that "I don't think having superpowers would make my life easier". Why did he use would in that sentence? It is not future in the past, so why use would?
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Usage of Would in Politer Way

Now I'm writing my review of a product, and I'm not sure if I use would, it sounds politer. I've just used the speaker, but I wouldn't say it's the best. If I use “would” here like the above, ...
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Should I take a look to see if there are?

Should I take a look to see if there are the people who raise dogs ? Q: In the above sentence, can I replace "should" with "would"? thanks in advance!
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should never have been led to [closed]

Of course it is not by argument that we originally come by our belief in an independent external world. We find this belief ready in ourselves as soon as we begin to reflect: it is what may be ...
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What does “would” mean in a sentence? [duplicate]

What does "would" actually mean in the following sentence? My friend says that "would" here means "will possible". Question: Which is a correct way in a dialogue? 1a: Have you seen my book? ...
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How does “would” work in this sentence? [duplicate]

In the sentence "the correct form here would be..", what does 'would' mean? A: I've got a doubt concerning a statement to talk about the future: do we say the best student will win a prize or The ...
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How does “would” work in a sentence: The best choice would be…?

In the sentence "the best choice would be...", what does "would" mean in the following sentence? Questioner: Is this sentence correct? 'Finished eating, we went to the zoo'. Answer: I'm ...
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What’s the meaning of “could” and “would” in this text explaining grammar rule?

After looking up “would” and “could”, I couldn’t find any relevant meaning in the use of would and could in this text, which I found on a British Council page: You could go on in the same way. You ...
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grammar and meaning “He latched onto her arm and wouldn't let go.”

If you say “did not let go” instead of “wouldn't let go”, what is the difference in meaning or nuance? For example, the explanation in the grammar book I have is as follows. The car won’t start. (= ...
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“had had to read” vs “could have had to read” vs. “would have had to read”

I am not a native speaker, so understanding a foreign language while living in an environment where people don't speak English very often is a little challenging. Recently, I came across these. I ...
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What is the meaning of would here

The Queen of England is very popular and is loved and respected by her subjects. This sentence is too factual. It sounds like every single of her subjects loves and respects her. Probably ...
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What does “should wish to” mean?

I understand "wish to", but what does "should wish to" mean? Example: My own logic is atomic, and it is this aspect upon which I should wish to lay stress. source I didn't find the ...
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Difference between will and shall

What is the difference between will and shall in modern spoken English? For example I have the following sentences: He will arrive on Tuesday. He shall arrive on Tuesday. Are there any ...
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Is “have to” a modal verb?

I have heard people say that "have to" is a modal verb. Other people have told me it is not. Why exactly is "have to" a modal verb? Or why exactly is it not? I have also heard that it is a ...
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Meaning of “ It can be [noun or adjective]”

What is the meaning of "It can be false" and " It can be true." ? How to interpret meaning when sentence structure is "Subject + can + be + Noun(or adjective )." ? I am non-native speaker. Please ...
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Shall have had to/Should have had to

Here a user TRomano gave me advice to ask this question that I don't understand. I can come back later, off to work now. But why not ask a separate question about "shall have had to" and "should ...
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What the the meaning difference between “prefer” & “would prefer”?

In this site Both "prefer" & "would prefer" express the preference. This site said "You can use 'prefer to (do)' or 'prefer -ing' to say what you prefer in general" & "We use 'would prefer' ...
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What time does “shall be” refer to in the following sentence?

How can I compare shall be with will in the following sentence? I mean, what time does the shall be refer to, relative to the will? ... that 27 [of 930] ministers die yearly, 18 of them leave ...
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Use of would for “vagueness”

I have been told that modal 'would' can be used to express 'vagueness'. Its usage has been linked below but I'm not fully convinced because I don't know in what kind of context it would be appropriate ...
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How do you distinguish possibility “can” from ability “can”?

To make my question more understandable, I quoted a student's essay. I have emphasized the instances in bold type. I feel confident enough to tell the difference with some but less so with others. ...
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What is the meaning of “would go back”?

I am reading a newspaper, and I've encountered the sentence that I can't understand. That is "would go back". I think " I would go back" means "If I return to the past". But the sentence in below is ...
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what does “would” mean in this sentence

Look at this sentence: He heard the things that they would say bleeding in his ear. What does would mean? I do not think this is an unreal situation, a past habit, or a conditional construction.
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“You can't eat that” vs “You mustn't eat that”

What's the difference between the two sentences: You can not eat that and You must not eat that
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Correct usage of will and would

Consider the following sentence It will/would rain tomorrow. I understand "would" usually means something that is really improbable. So "it would happen" means it might happen but it is very ...
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“You should eat less.” vs. “You have to eat less.” vs. “You must eat less.”

What's the difference in meaning between these sentences? You should eat less. You have to eat less. You must eat less.
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If you plant a tree (it grows VS it will grow)

I want to ask about these sentences can both be used or there's a mistake? If you plant a tree it grows. If you plant a tree it will grow.
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How do you know the exact implication of 'may'?

How do you differentiate these two meanings of this sentence: You may slurp your soup loudly. 1. You should be careful when drinking soup, otherwise you might slurp and be impolite. 2. You are ...
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What is the meaning of “would” here?

The following sentence is given: I'd only just got into the bath when she phoned. I cannot understand the meaning of "would". Is it a modal auxiliary here?
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“can” and “could”? [closed]

How can / could you say such a thing? How can / could you do this to me? How can / could I work with all this noise going on? How can / could this be? How can / could I possibly refuse such a charming ...
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“can have done” structure?

When talking about possibilities in the past, You often use "could have done". "She could have gone to the theatre with him." "He couldn't have done such a thing!" "I could have saved them." "...
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What is the difference between “do you like” and “would you like”?

Do you like candy? Would you like some candy? Do you like walking? Would you like to go for a walk? What is the difference? And are they the same or not? Do they any use in different situations?
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What does “you could have” mean exactly? (I'm confused)

First, I understood that "you could have" = "you should do that in the past" as: "You could have done better on your exam." But, in these sentences, I see that it means "you shouldn't do that in the ...
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Meaning of “should have been offered”

"John should have been offered the job." What is exactly said here? I can think of two ways: 1) Lamenting on what didn't happen. "John is very good for this position. John is better than that guy ...
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“As it could have been” versus “as it could be”

What is the difference in meaning between these two phrases? not as effective as it could have been not as effective as it could be
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Does 'would have choked' mean she had the bread?

. . . ; she [Helen] brought my coffee and bread. “Come, eat something,” she said; but I [Jane] put both away from me, feeling as if a drop or a crumb would have choked me in my present condition. (...