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Massimiliano
The past use of "would" Many times I encountered "would" used as a past word. For example "As a child, I would steal the candies" or "I knew you would say that". Could you possibly explain me the grammar about it, and if it's necessary to use as grammar rule? Thanks in advance!
Jan 3, 2016 8:15 PM
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Hi, Massimiliano, notice the two cases are somewhat different: _____________ "As a child, I would steal candy." "As a child, I [used to habitually] steal candy." —used in auxiliary function to express custom or habitual action (www.m-w.com) _____________ "I knew you would say that." "I believed in the past, 'you WILL say that at a later time'." —used in auxiliary function to express plan or intention (www.m-w.com)
January 3, 2016
Massimiliano
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English, Italian, Norwegian
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