We wouldn't want them to think we aren't happy!

Discussion in 'English Only' started by it-is-niaz, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. it-is-niaz Member

    Persian
    Husband: Hey, people are starting to stare. Can you keep your voice down, please?
    Wife: Absolutely. We wouldn't want them to think we aren't happy!

    What is the use of "would" here? is it 2nd hypothetical conditional?
     
  2. grassy

    grassy Senior Member

    Warsaw
    Polish
    Yes, there's a condition implied there.
     
  3. it-is-niaz Member

    Persian
    So, how?!!
     
  4. grassy

    grassy Senior Member

    Warsaw
    Polish
    How what? :confused:
    The would there softens the statement making it less direct. The condition isn't important.
     

Share This Page

Loading...