I have seen the woulnd in books where wouldn't seems to have been used in the meaning of didn't wantand I wonder if such a rule exists. Would is a modal Why wouldn t you want to laugh with several uses, of which one is to express past intention or willingness. It doesn't state that "he" didn't want to "take me on", it says that this is a thing that he was not going to do.
It could be that "he" Why wouldn t you want to laugh want to, it could be that he didn't have time, there was a full roster of people participating and no more could be added, that as much as he really did want to include the speaker they lacked the prerequisite skill at the task in question, or woludn else.
We can sometimes wouldnn that the reason someone wouldn't do something is that they don't want to, but not always, and not here in the bare sentence at least, perhaps in the full passage we can.
If you take " I want to know but he won't tell me. That's a little harder to answer.
Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. For instance, I wanted to participate, but he wouldn't take me on. What kind of rule is applied in the sentence above?
Robusto k 30 Barrie England Barrie England k 10 We're informed of the lack of action, not of the motivation. Jon Hanna Jon Hanna Here "wouldn't" is the past tense of "won't". Niall Beag Niall Beag 1. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google.
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