Modal Auxiliary Would

Would is a modal auxiliary verb. There is no -s in the third person singular. Would is followed by an infinitive without to.

Questions and negatives are made without do.

Would and Will

Would is a softer, less definite form of will. It is used in polite requests and offers.

Would can act as the past of will in indirect speech.

Would: Uses

To make polite offers and requests

Would is often used in polite requests and offers. It is a softer, less definite form of will.

Would can also be used to express an opinion in a more polite way without being forceful.

To talk about past habits

Would can be used to talk about past events that happened often or always.

Would is often used to suggest that what happens is expected because it is typical, especially of a person's behaviour.

To talk about willingness and determination

Would can express willingness or a rather perverse determination.

Wouldn't shows unwillingness.

To talk about imaginary situations

Would is sometimes used to refer to a situation that you can imagine happening.

Would and used to

Both would and used to can refer to repeated actions and events in the past.

Note that used to can refer to past states; would cannot.

Would rather

Would rather expresses choice or preference.

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