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Wouldn't and wouldn't have

1 My dog wouldn't let me catch him yesterday 2 My dog wouldn't have let me catch him yesterday What is the difference between them. I intend to say that yesterday I tried to catch it but I didn't make ...
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Is it correct to use "would" in the context provided?

Is it grammatically possible to use both "would come" and "was coming" in the context below: Earlier, the temperature had fallen. And now clouds began moving in. I knew a storm ...
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"would be free" vs "will be free"

How should I use 'would' or 'will' in a conditional sentence about planning a meeting? I'm trying to arrange a meeting with someone at the university tomorrow, but I'm uncertain about their ...
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'WOULD' usage for present tense when it isn't used in conditionals?

I read 'We use would (’d) / wouldn’t when we imagine a situation or action (= we think of something that is not real)' this explanation in the book English Grammar in Use on page no. 72 I hear many ...
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How does "would" work in "I would agree"? [duplicate]

In this dialogue, why does Donny say "I would agree" rather than "I agree?" How does "would" works in this context? Telek's #1: Is there any difference between 'He snuck ...
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Would and would have

What's the difference between would and would have in the past? He thought he would win He thought he would have won I know that "would" is for regular actions in the past and "would ...
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Why do we use "would" in "My dog wouldn't let us catch him" for a past event that happened only once?

Look at this sentence, please My dog didn't let us catch him I do understand that sentence but some people would say it like that My dog wouldn't let us catch him Why is that? Why do we use would ...
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"would" after "if" - "If you would just tell me, it would be easier for the both of us"

"If you would just tell me, it would be easier for the both of us" Why is there "would" after "if"? It has to be an exception because normally you can't do it.
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Why is "would" used in "have to"

Why does speaker B add "would" in his response? Here is a dialogue. A: Is it correct to say, "It would be appreciate if you can do something"? B: For me, it would have to be, &...
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What is the use of "would" in this context

Could you explain what the use of "would" in this sentence is? In this context, someone opens the conversation with the question: A: what does this mean? A man who never drew but selfish ...
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"Most people had come to accept that war <was> <would be> inevitable."

a sentence from extra examples of item #7 on oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: (1) Most people had come to accept that war was inevitable. Does Past Perfect mean "most people coming to accept" ...
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What's the meaning of "would" in this sentence?

Could you explain Damian's use of "would" when he answers a someone's question in the following? I can't understand the meaning. Dwi: What does "emphatic" means in this sentence? ...
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What does "would" mean in "Don't be so nervous — anyone would think I was about to leap on you."?

a sentence from extra examples of item #2 on oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: (1) Don't be so nervous — anyone would think I was about to leap on you. I don't understand the choice of the verbs "...
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"The job springboarded him into the profession at which he <would eventually excel> <eventually excelled>."— Why can we need the variant with "would"?

oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: (1) The job springboarded him into the profession at which he would eventually excel. my subsidiary example: (1a) The job springboards him into the profession at which ...
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What's the meaning of "would not" in "Therefore you would not normally use X"?

The context is in a manual for reference. Note that variable is the name of a variable, not a reference to that variable. Therefore you would not normally use a ‘$’ or parentheses when writing it. (...
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How tasty would it be?

As a student of English, I have met two possible types of uses of the word "would". The first type of use refers to a situation that can actually happen, while the second one refers to a ...
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How tasty would it be?

As a student of English, I have met two possible types of uses of the word "would". The first type of use refers to a situation that can actually happen, while the second one refers to a ...
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When "would" is used as a softer form of "will"?

I've been studying Michael Swan's Practical English Usage and in the topic about would it states that: Would is used as a softer, less definite form of will... Could you help me understand this by ...
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"Used to" vs. "would": how to define "a state in the past"

Long story short: trying to simplify the rule about being able or unable to use "would" in place of "used to" when talking about the past, I got this: We don't use "would" in place of "used to" ...
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Differences between "used to" and "would"?

I read somewhere that "used to" usage is for "past habits" and "would" usage is for "past habits and states" and we should only use "used to" for states. Is this true? Suppose that we have this ...
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Using “used to” vs "would" when expressing something done in the past

I understand how the phrase "used to" can describe something that was done in the past: When I was growing up, my parents used to read to me at bedtime. My dad used to take the family out ...
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