Would vs did

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I've heard phrase "why would you do that?" a couple of times, and wouldn't "Why did you do that?" fit more appropriately in this case? Why was "would" used at all when they were referring to the action that was already done?
  • Andygc

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    British English
    Before you post, please read the rules (see Rule 1) and The Longer Guide to English Only. A search using would did will find several previous threads:

    "Why would you do that?" vs "Why did you do that?"
    "would you..." or "did you..."
    How would you Vs How did you
    If I did not / would not / will not / do not return
    Why would/did you sell it??
    will/would/did (fill the gap)
    Wish+would v/s wish+did
    Would and did
    would or did
    would or did?

    If after reading those you still have a problem, you may post a new question explaining what your difficulty is.
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