an intrigue that would eventually cause catastrophic bloodshed

Kefirka

Senior Member
Russian
I used dictionary.com and found this:

1) a simple past tense and past participle of will.

2) (used to express the future in past sentences): He said he would go tomorrow.


3)
(used in place of will, to make a statement or form a question less direct or blunt): That would scarcely be fair. Would you be so kind?

4) (used to express repeated or habitual action in the past): We would visit Grandma every morning up at the farm.

5) (used to express an intention or inclination): Nutritionists would have us all eat whole grains.
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Still, there is sentence where "would" is unclear to me. Is it 2) or 5) ?

!!! The new Chancellor kept himself busy during the eight years of his legitimate tenure. Much of this work was an intrigue that would eventually cause catastrophic bloodshed, the Clone Wars. Star Wars.
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  • MrsHmmz

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    English - British (England)
    In this sentence it is number 2 (used to express the future in past sentences). The entire passage is clearly talking about the past, and the "would" refers to something that happened at a point in time that is future relative to the time being discussed, but in the past relative to the present (if that makes any sense!).
     
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