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    The conditional is formed using the modal 'would' in front of an infinitive (dropping the word 'to'). The conditional is used especially in three contexts:

    1) Politeness
    I would like the menu, please.
    Would you have a couple of minutes for me?

    2) To indicate the 'future within the past':
    She said she would come to the party.
    I thought he would arrive before me.

    3) In hypothetical constructions with 'if.' When 'if' is followed by the preterit or the subjunctive, the conditional is expected in the second clause:
    If I had the time, I would do my homework.
    If you told me the truth, I would believe you.

    The 'if' of hypothetical expressions can be implicit:

    In your position (= if I were you), I wouldn't stay here!

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