Grammar usage(Conditional verbs)
Could you give me some examples where "used to" and "would" cannot be interchanged? Conditional verbs are an interesting seperate topic, but too long for this answer. Perhaps another time.
I think Tolley's answer to the original question - http://answers.grammarly.com/questions/5834-used-to-and-would/ - best answers the "used to" versus "would" issue.
As you know, conditional verbs are used to create conditional sentences. There are several types of conditional sentences (already discussed at some length here), and they use different conditionals and verb tenses to express the meaning of the sentence.
Conditional verbs do not have to be part of a conditional sentence. Sometimes, they stand alone in a simple sentence. There is some controversy about many such usages. Often, a writer ads the conditional "would" to seem less direct -- I would submit -- when the more direct - I submit -- is preferred. Garner's Modern English Usage contains many such disputed usages.
On the other hand, the conditional verb "would" can be effectively used in a standalone sentence to show intent -- I would like to go swimming.
That about all my eye can stand on the computer today. I hope this helps.
|link comment||answered Aug 02 '12 at 22:04 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
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