The modal verb would is commonly used as follows:
Would - Easy Learning Grammar
- to make a polite request.
- Would you mind moving your bag?
- Would you give me a hand with this ladder, please?
- to offer something politely.
- Would you like some tea or coffee?
- together with like as a polite form of want.
- We would like to see Mr Brown now, please.
- My friends would like to see your garden.
- to refer to habitual activity in the past, with the meaning of used to.
- I remember Jeff; he would watch TV all day if you let him.
- Jess was a kind girl; she would always go out of her way to help people.
- to show that someone persisted in an activity in the past: would is sometimes stressed here.
- John would keep nagging at her, though I asked him not to.
- She would go on and on until I lost my temper.
- to express and ask about probability.
- I saw a girl at the window. Who would that be?
- Oh, that would be his elder sister!
- in conditional clauses, usually together with an if clause.
- I would have taken it if it had been available.
- If you offered me some more I wouldn’t refuse.
- Brian would have phoned the police if it he’d seen the accident.
- Anna said, ‘Raymond will help you.’
- Anna said that Raymond would help us.
- James said, ‘The car won’t start!’
- James said that the car wouldn’t start.
|The contracted form is:||’d.|
- I’d have done it too, given the chance.
- We’d like to look at the garden.
- He’d be very angry if he knew about it.
|The contracted negative form is:||wouldn’t.|
- Even if he’d known about it, he wouldn’t have been angry.