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 you hadn't stolen that money, I wouldn't be firing you now.
(But you did steal, so I am firing you now.)
I think your coworkers would find the circumstances 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 as many profits if John had been working for them.
(But he wasn't working.)
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 a smaller size?
Would you like to try something on?
Would you wait here until the next assistant is ready, please, sir?
Past tense of will
My debit machine wouldn't work this morning. (Unit 31)