Unit 32: WOULD
Would is a modal verb. Unit 27 shows you how to make correct sentences with it. This unit shows you when to use it. Notice that -'d is the short form.
PRESENT AND FUTURE
If we hadn't met that time, I wouldn't be here now.
(But we met, so I am here now.)
I think he would find the movie very interesting.
What would you do in my place?
If I were you, I'd take a long holiday.
NOTICE: ALSO must and should (Unit 33)
They wouldn't have lost if John had been playing for them.
(But he wasn't playing.)
If I'd known you were coming, I would have stayed longer.
(But I didn't know, so I left.)
Would + like
I'd like some information, please.
want, but it is more polite
OFFERS AND INVITATIONS
Would you like some coffee?
Would you like to join us?
Would you open that suitcase, please, madam?
Past tense of will
My car wouldn't start this morning. (Unit 31)