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Would vs. Might

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Wouldverb

(heading) As a past-tense form of will.

Mightnoun

Power, strength, force or influence held by a person or group.

Wouldverb

(obsolete) Wished, desired (something).

Mightnoun

(uncountable) Physical strength or force.

‘He pushed with all his might, but still it would not move.’;

Wouldverb

(archaic) Wanted to ( + bare infinitive).

Mightnoun

(uncountable) The ability to do something.

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Wouldverb

Used to; was or were habitually accustomed to ( + bare infinitive); indicating an action in the past that happened repeatedly or commonly.

Mightadjective

(obsolete) Mighty; powerful.

Wouldverb

Used with bare infinitive to form the "anterior future", indicating a futurity relative to a past time.

Mightadjective

(obsolete) Possible.

Wouldverb

(archaic) Used with ellipsis of the infinitive verb, or postponement to a relative clause, in various senses.

Mightverb

(auxiliary) Used to indicate conditional or possible actions.

‘I might go to the party, but I haven't decided yet.’;

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Wouldverb

Was determined to; loosely, could naturally have been expected to (given the tendencies of someone's character etc.).

Mightverb

(auxiliary) may Used to indicate permission in past tense.

‘He asked me if he might go to the party, but I haven't decided yet.’;

Wouldverb

(heading) As a modal verb, the subjunctive of will.

Mightverb

(auxiliary) may Used to indicate possibility in past tense.

‘I thought that I might go the next day.’;

Wouldverb

Used to give a conditional or potential "softening" to the present; might, might wish.

Mightverb

Used to indicate a desired past action that was not done.

‘Hey man, you might have warned me about the thunderstorm’;

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Wouldverb

Used as the auxiliary of the simple conditional modality (with a bare infinitive); indicating an action or state that is conditional on another.

Might

imp. of May.

Wouldverb

Might wish ( + verb in past subjunctive); often used in the first person (with or without that) in the sense of "if only".

Mightnoun

Force or power of any kind, whether of body or mind; energy or intensity of purpose, feeling, or action; means or resources to effect an object; strength; force; power; ability; capacity.

‘What so strong,But wanting rest, will also want of might?’; ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.’;

Wouldverb

Used to impart a sense of hesitancy or uncertainty to the present; might be inclined to. Now sometimes colloquially with ironic effect.

Mightnoun

physical strength

Wouldverb

Used interrogatively to express a polite request; are (you) willing to …?

‘Would you pass the salt, please?’;

Mightverb

past of may

Wouldverb

Might desire; wish (something).

Mightverb

used in reported speech, to express possibility or permission

‘he said he might be late’;

Wouldnoun

Something that would happen, or would be the case, under different circumstances; a potentiality.

Mightverb

expressing a possibility based on an unfulfilled condition

‘we might have won if we'd played better’;

Would

Commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & 3d Will.

‘Right as our Lord hath would.’;

Mightverb

expressing annoyance about something that someone has not done

‘you might have told me!’;

Wouldnoun

See 2d Weld.

Mightverb

expressing purpose

‘he avoided social engagements so that he might work’;

Wouldverb

past of will, in various senses

‘the windows would not close’; ‘he said he would be away for a couple of days’; ‘she wouldn't leave’;

Mightverb

used tentatively to ask permission or to express a polite request

‘might I just ask one question?’; ‘you might just call me Jane, if you don't mind’;

Wouldverb

(expressing the conditional mood) indicating the consequence of an imagined event or situation

‘he would lose his job if he were identified’;

Mightverb

asking for information, especially condescendingly

‘and who might you be?’;

Wouldverb

used to give advice

‘I wouldn't drink that if I were you’;

Mightverb

used to express possibility or make a suggestion

‘this might be true’; ‘you might try pain relievers’;

Wouldverb

expressing a desire or inclination

‘I would love to work in America’; ‘would you like some water?’;

Mightnoun

great and impressive power or strength, especially of a nation, large organization, or natural force

‘a convincing display of military might’;

Wouldverb

expressing a polite request

‘would you pour the wine, please?’;

Wouldverb

expressing willingness or consent

‘who would live here?’;

Wouldverb

expressing a conjecture, opinion, or hope

‘I would imagine that they're home by now’; ‘I guess some people would consider it brutal’; ‘I would have to agree’;

Wouldverb

used to make a comment about behaviour that is typical

‘they would say that, wouldn't they?’;

Wouldverb

expressing a wish or regret

‘would that he had lived to finish it’;

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