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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 2:55:36 AM
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However, if we are speaking of water in general spilled on the table, it would not be appropriate to count one water or two waters -- there would simply be water on the table.
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Which rule and meaning of "would" is used in "would be not appropriate" and "there would...
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 3:19:58 AM

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3. used in conditional sentences

You use would in a conditional sentence when you are talking about a situation that you know does not exist. Use would in the main clause. In the conditional clause, use the past simple, the past progressive, or could.

If I had enough money, I would buy the car.
If he was coming, he would call.
I would work if I could.

Collins COBUILD English Usage

This is a slightly different conditional (it uses the present tense in the condition clause), but the rule is similar.
If we are speaking of water in general, it would not be appropriate.
If we are speaking of water in general, there would simply be water on the table.
(We are not speaking about water, we are speaking about grammar.)

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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