• English grammar
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  • 4 English pronouns [0/39]
  • 4.1 English personal pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.2 English impersonal pronouns (it, there, ...) [0/4]
  • 4.3 English object pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.4 English possessive pronouns [0/5]
  • 4.5 English reflexive pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.6 English reciprocal pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.7 English demonstrative pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.8 English relative pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.9 English indefinite pronouns [0/5]
  • 4.10 English interrogative pronouns [0/4]
  • 5 English nouns [0/16]
  • 6 English adjectives [0/38]
  • 6.1 Adjectives of quality in English [0/4]
  • 6.2 Demonstrative adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.3 Possessive adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.4 Quantity adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.5 Interrogative adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.6 Numeral adjectives in English [0/8]
  • 6.7 Comparatives and superlatives [0/10]
  • 7 English adverbs [0/18]
  • 7.1 Position of adverbs in English [0/2]
  • 7.2 Adverbs of manner in English [0/2]
  • 7.3 Adverbs of place in English [0/2]
  • 7.4 Adverbs of time in English [0/2]
  • 7.5 Adverbs of quantity in English [0/2]
  • 7.6 Adverbs of frequency in English [0/2]
  • 7.7 Adverbs of degree in English [0/2]
  • 7.8 Adverbs of probability and certainty in English [0/2]
  • 7.9 Adverbs of opinion and observation in English [0/2]
  • 8 English prepositions [0/12]
  • 9 English verbs [0/122]
  • 9.1 Present tenses in English [0/29]
  • Fill in the correct present tense in English (Score -/-)Free
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  • Mixed present tenses exercise in English (Score -/-)Free
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  • 9.1.1 Present simple tense in English [0/5]
  • 9.1.2 Present continuous tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.3 Present simple vs present continuous in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.4 Present perfect tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.5 Present perfect continuous tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.6 Difference past simple and present perfect in English [0/4]
  • 9.2 Past tenses in English [0/20]
  • 9.3 Future tenses in English [0/21]
  • 9.4 Auxiliary verbs in English [0/9]
  • 9.5 Present participle in English [0/3]
  • 9.6 Past participle in English [0/3]
  • 9.7 Modal verbs in English [0/11]
  • 9.8 Phrasal verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.9 Regular verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.10 Irregular verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.11 Gerund (-ing form) in English [0/8]
  • 9.12 Infinitive verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.13 Imperative in English [0/2]
  • 9.14 Reported speech in English [0/2]
  • 9.15 Active and passive voice in English [0/2]
  • 10 English conditionals [0/20]
  • This chapter will discuss the modal verb 'would' in English. In English this modal verb is used to talk about hypothetical situations. 

    Usage of would in English

    The table below will show the different situations 'would' can be used. 

    Use Example
    For unreal situations
    • I would love to go to New York.
    • She would like to be a doctor. 
    As a past tense of 'will'
    • He said he would not come today.
    • They would join, but didn't. 
    In conditional sentences
    • If I had a million dollar, I would buy a villa. 
    • If she had studied harder, she would have passed the test. 
    to refuse something using 'would not'
    • He would not let me borrow his jacket. 
    • She would not let me go to the club tonight. 
    For repeated actions in the past
    • When she was young she would go to soccer training every week. 
    • When we were young we would always go on vacation to France. 

    How to form would in different sentences

    Subject Affirmatives Negatives Interrogatives
    I would ... would not ... Would I ...?
    You would ... would not ... Would you ...?
    He, she, it

    would ...

    would not ... Would he, she, it ...?
    We

    would ...

    would not ... Would we ...?
    You

    would ...

    would not ... Would you ...?
    They

    would ...

    would not ... Would they ...?

    Examples

    • They would like to go out tonight.
    • She would not have gone to school, if you had not been there.
    • Would you like to have dinner with us?

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    Would vs will

    Both 'would' and 'will' are modal verbs. As shown in the table above 'would' could be seen as the past tense of 'will'. Below you will find two tables explaining the difference between using 'would' and using 'will'. 

    When to use would

    The table below shows the main differences between using 'would' compared to 'will'. 

    'Would' Example
    'Would' can only be used as the past tense of 'will' when it describes an event in the past talked about in the future.
    • "Mike said she would go to the library," said Joan.
    • "He said he would help her," said Mike. 
     

    'Would' is used in the second and third conditionals.

    • If you went to bed earlier, you would not be so tired.
    • If I had known you were coming I would have bought something to eat.
    'Would' is used to talk about invitations, requests, permissions, preferences and making arragements.
    • I would prefer to eat soup tonight.
    • Would I be able to leave early today?

    When to use will

    The table below shows the situations 'will' is used as a modal verb. 

    'Will' Example
    'Will' is used to talk about a future action. 
    • I will go to the supermarket today.
    • She will organise the party. 
    'Will' is used in the first conditional. 
    • If you do not arrive on time, I will be very mad. 
    • If I have time, I will finish that final paper. 

    'Will' is used to talk about decisions, offers, promises and predictions. 

    • I will do my homework after dinner.
    • She will spend a lot of money at the store. 

    Train your skills by doing the exercises below!