"Would" is most commonly used to create conditional verb forms. It also serves as the past form of the modal verb "will." Additionally, "would" can indicate repetition in the past.
* If he were an actor, he would be in adventure movies. conditional
* I knew that she would be very successful in her career. past of "will"
* When they first met, they would always have picnics on the beach. repetition
Using "Would" in Present, Past, and Future
Modal Use Positive Forms
1. = Present 2. = Past 3. = Future Negative Forms
1. = Present 2. = Past 3. = Future You can
conditional 1. If I were president, I would cut the cost of education.
2. If I had been president, I would have cut the cost of education.
3. If I were elected president next year, I would cut the cost of education.
1. If I were president, I would not raise taxes.
2. If I had been president, I would not have raised taxes.
3. If I were president, I would not sign the tax increase next week.
past of "will" I said I would help you.
He told me he would be here before 8:00.
I said I wouldn't help you.
He told me he would not be here before 8:00.
repetition in past When I was a kid, I would always go to the beach.
When he was young, he would always do his homework.
When I was a kid, I wouldn't go into the water by myself.
When he got older, he would never do his homework.