what word should i use instead?

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I even recall thinking how happy we were, and it would always be like this.
asked Jan 28 '13 at 01:08 Tammy Bonome New member

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There is nothing wrong with 'would'. It conveys the seeming permanence of the happiness at the time, but hints that the happiness might not have made it to the 'everafter'. The last part could be changed for the better, however. Here's a different take.


I even recall thinking how happy we were and feeling that it would always be like this.


Play around with some changes and you can improve the sentence. Editing is an important part of writing.

link comment answered Jan 28 '13 at 01:41 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

To build on, and perhaps clarify, what Lewis has said, would in your sentence simply means the future-in-the-past.  When you are focused on a specific point in time in the past, and you want to explain what happened after that, would is the verb to use.


Lewis's revision is great; if you want to stick to the wording you supplied, you need another how, or a that to make your sentence grammatical, however:  I even recall thinking how happy we were, and how/that it would always be like this.


I do not necessarily agree with Lewis that your sentence hints at a mortality limit; perhaps that is a question best answered by a theologian rather than a grammarian.


I hope this helps.



link comment edited Jan 28 '13 at 14:47 Shawn Mooney Expert

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