Six places to use would
How we use “Would” in various structures
1- Would like (polite)
You can replace the casual word “want” with a more polite phrase: Would like
- I’d like (would like) a cup of tea and a cupcake please.
2- I would say yes. (polite)
Another way of expressing your opinion or giving someone a piece of advice is to politely say this phrase:
- [If you asked me,] I would say we shouldn’t sign the contract.
- I wouldn’t do that if I were you!
Note: this is the exact same structure of second conditional sentence.
3- Would rather
Did you know there is another way of showing your preferences? Take a look at these sentences:
- My family and I prefer to have a picnic.
- My family and I would rather have a picnic.
Note: We must use an infinitive without to after “would rather”.
- She would rather go home tonight. (NOT She would rather to go home tonight.)
4- He said he would.
Imagine that your friend, Jack, tells you this: “I will come to the party.”
You are now in the party, but Jack is not there. Other friends ask you where he is, and you say:
- He said he would come to the party.
5- Would have liked to help.
You can talk about an imaginary situation in the past:
- Things would have been different if your father hadn’t helped us yesterday.
Note: This is the exact structure of the third conditional sentence.
6- I would always play with friends after school.
You can talk about the actions in the past that you did over and over again.
- They would pay us a visit on summer holidays.
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