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Penpen
Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 1:32:47 PM

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How does "would" work in this sentence? It's used for something less direct or less dedinte?

For me Brexit would be a bad proposal --I would lose business.
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2021 10:57:19 AM

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Penpen wrote:
How does "would" work in this sentence? It's used for something less direct or less dedinte?

For me Brexit would be a bad proposal --I would lose business.


In both cases, "would" reveals the idea of a possibility, or expectation. The speaker expects the possibility that Brexit may cause loss of business, so is a bad idea for this one individual.
Penpen
Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2021 9:54:02 PM

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Thanks, can it also be used to expresa a hypothetical situation?
FounDit
Posted: Friday, October 15, 2021 11:01:30 AM

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Penpen wrote:
Thanks, can it also be used to expresa a hypothetical situation?


Yes, it can because it can be used to indicate a possibility, or an expectation should an imagined scenario take place. For example, if I had the powers of Superman, I would be able to fly.
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