If conditional confusion

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If conditional confusion

Post by Aliashraf » Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:44 am

Like if she was upset about something or if she wanted something and she couldn't have it amd she got angry, i would get down with her and say,"you know Michaela, it's ok to be upset"

I found this passage on a website that showcases the use of "would" in the sentence above(talking about past habits or repeated actions). the context of the passage is a mother discussing how she deals with her daughter's tantrums, so i wondered why she used the past simple not present simple since she was talking about a usual,repetitive behavior of her daughter.

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Re: If conditional confusion

Post by Alan » Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:44 am

This is a past habitual 'would' (=used to~), not a conditional form.