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mimi2

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vietnam vietnamese
Hi,
“I just took it for granted that he’d always be available.”
Please explain “he’d”. I am sure it is “he would” but why not “he was”?
“I just took it for granted that he was always available.”
Thanks.
 
  • nichec

    Senior Member
    Chinese(Taiwan)/English(AE)
    Hi,
    “I just took it for granted that he’d always be available.”
    Please explain “he’d”. I am sure it is “he would” but why not “he was”?
    “I just took it for granted that he was always available.”
    Thanks.
    Because it's a conditional sentence (is that how you call it in grammar world? :p)

    "I took it for granted" has already suggested "past tense", something that you thought in the past which wasn't true---resulting "would be".

    This sentence is most likely said by someone who just lost him.
     
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