PEARSON ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
Advanced Composition: Four Uses of Would
May 11, 2000
The little word, "would," can be used in a number of
interesting ways. Most of us know that it can be used in a polite request:
"Would you please close the door?" Its other uses are
Four Uses of Would
Are you willing: "Would you help me with my
homework?" "Yes, I would be happy to help."
A past habit: "When I was a boy, I would climb every
tree in the neighbourhood."
Past of will (indirect speech): "I'll see you tomorrow."
"He said he would see us tomorrow."
A past preference: "I would rather have gone to the
movies." (But, actually, I went to the band concert)
When we were young, we all had preferred activities. Write, using would
at least three times, about something you preferred to do as a young
person. Use at least one "would rather + past participle." If
you like, write some dialogue, so you can include indirect speech as well.
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