English Grammar : Auxiliary Verb 'Would'

Use of Auxiliary Verb 'Would' in English Grammar

Uses of Auxiliary Verb "WOULD"

'Would' is modal verb used for things that happened or began in the past. It is used to express repetition, wish, desire, request, regret or irritation and opinion or hope.

'Would' is past equivalent form of will. It is used to talk about a regular habit in present/past or future time.

It is used in :
• Simple present /past tense (would)
• Future tense (would)
• Present continuous tense (would be)
To mean determination in future.
• I would complain to the principle tomorrow.
• To express commands/give instructions.
• All the students would attend the morning prayer in time.
Past of "will":
We use 'would' when a sentence expresses a future possibility, expectation, intention, or inevitability that began in the past.
  • • I said I would help you.
  • • I thought he would be here by 11:00.
  • • He told me he would be here before 8:00.
  • • I thought Raj would be sleeping by this point.
  • • She knew they wouldn’t make it to the show in time.
  • • I knew that she would be very successful in her career.
'Would' is used to express activities of the past in repetitive manner.
  • • When I was a kid, I would always go to the beach.
  • • When he was young, he would always do his homework.
  • • When we first met, we would always have picnics on the beach.
  • • When I was small, we would always visit relatives on Dipawali.
  • • My father would take me to the school, while I was in Chennai.
'Would' is used to make a polite request adding a level of politeness to the question.
  • Would you go with me?
  • Would you know the answer?
  • Would you have some Coffee?
  • Would you open the door, please?
  • Would you come in time tomorrow?
  • Would you like another cup of tea?
  • Would you wait here until I’m back?
  • Would you give me a ring after lunch?
  • Would you please take out the luggage for me?
  • Would Peter mind helping me clean out the garage?
'Would' is used to make a wish adding a level of politeness.
  • • I wish you would stay here.
  • • I wish you would come with us.
  • • I would like to have one more pen.
  • • I would like to have more free space.
  • • I wish you would be quiet for a minute.
  • • I am sure they wish I would go elseware.
We use 'would' with the main verb like to express or inquire about a person’s desire to do something.
  • • What I would really like is some tea.
  • Would you like to go to the movies later?
  • Would you not like to live in a hot climate?
  • Would you like to have dinner with me later?
  • • Where would you like to go for your birthday?
Opinion or Hope:
We use 'would' to express opinion or hope.
  • • I would have to agree with you.
  • • I would expect him to come in time.
  • • I would imagine that they'll buy a new one.
  • • I suppose some people would call it torture.
  • • Since you ask me I would say the red one is best.
Regret or irritation:
'Would' used to show that somebody or something was not willing or refused to do something.
  • • I wish it would snow.
  • • My Bike wouldn't start this morning.
  • • I wish you wouldn't keep interrupting me.
  • • He wouldn't change it, even though he knew it was wrong.
We use 'would' to talk about things that cannot or are unlikely to happen.
  • • If I were you, I would be so happy.
  • • If you asked me I would say you should go.
  • • If I were you, I would study computer science.
  • • If I went to Dubai, I would visit Burj Khalifa.
  • • If he were an actor, he would be in adventure movies.
  • • I would buy a mercedes car if I ever won the lottery.
  • • If I were president, I would cut the cost of education.
  • • If I ruled the world, every day would be the first day of Spring.
Types of Auxiliary Verbs
(1) Auxiliary–cum–verbs.

"Auxiliary-cum-verbs" are :

These 11 auxiliaries are also used as verbs, therefore, they are called Auxiliary–cum–verbs. These are used to form Tenses. ( Please refer Tense Table).

(2) Pure Auxiliary verbs..

These 20 auxiliaries only support normal verbs, therefore, they are called Pure Auxiliary Verbs. They are also called Models or Model Auxiliary Verbs.

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