Does I’d mean “I had” or “I would”?

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Does I’d mean “I had” or “I would”?

Post  Vincent Law on Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:02 am

The contraction I’d can mean either ‘I would’ or ‘I had’.

If you’re unable to understand the meaning of I’d (or he’d, she’d, we’d, etc.) from the context of a sentence, try looking at the verb form that follows it:

   - would is followed by the bare infinitive (infinitive without to)
   - would can also be followed by the perfect infinitive (have + past participle)
   - had is followed by a past participle.

Watch out for sentences containing ‘d better!


http://speakspeak.com/vocabulary-articles/does-id-mean-i-had-or-i-would
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Re: Does I’d mean “I had” or “I would”?

Post  Vincent Law on Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:10 pm

I’d can mean “I would” or “I had”.

Here are some similar examples:

You’d = you would or you had
He’d = he would or he had
She’d = she would or she had
It’d = it would or it had
We’d = we would or we had
They’d = they would or they had

We can often tell if I’d means “I would” or “I had” simply by looking at the context of the sentence. However, if we’re not sure, we must look at the grammatical form which follows the contraction ‘d.

http://speakspeak.com/resources/english-grammar-rules/various-grammar-rules/apostrophe-d-had-or-would
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