wouldn't

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USAGE NOTE
In English, "wouldn't" is used as an auxiliary verb to indicate the conditional tense of a verb that comes after it. In Spanish, the conditional tense is expressed via verbal inflection.
wouldn't(
wood
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uhnt
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A contraction is a shortened form of a word or group of words made by omitting a sound or letter (e.g. don't).
contraction
1. (used to form the simple conditional tense)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I wouldn't leave the house in this weather.No saldría de casa con este tiempo.
I wouldn't like to have such a stressful job.No me gustaría tener un trabajo tan estresante.
2. (used with "have" to form the conditional perfect tense)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I wouldn't have gone without you.No habría ido sin ti.
I wouldn't have succeeded without many people's help.No habría tenido éxito sin la ayuda de mucha gente.
3. (used in combination with "if" clauses)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I wouldn't ask if I already knew the answer.No preguntaría si ya supiera la respuesta.
If I were rich, I wouldn't have to work every day.Si fuera rico, no tendría que trabajar todos los días.
4. (used to express the imperfect tense)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Back then I was so busy that I wouldn't leave work until very late.En aquel entonces estaba tan ocupado que no salía del trabajo hasta muy tarde.
School was too easy for him. He wouldn't study but would still make good grades.La escuela era demasiado fácil para él. No estudiaba pero todavía sacaba buenas notas.
5. (used in question tags)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
You'd do it if you were asked, wouldn't you?Tú lo harías si te lo pidieran, ¿no?
Your friends would come to the party, wouldn't they?Tus amigos vendrían a la fiesta, ¿verdad?
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wouldn't
wouldn't [ˈwʊdnt]
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would not
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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