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‘d = had or would


‘d = had  or  would


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The contraction I’d 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 mean 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.

Take a look at this table for an explanation with examples:



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'd = "had" or "would"

The contraction 'd mean would or had?

To tell the difference we need to look at what follows 'd:

Would is followed by the bare infinitive (infinitive without to). 
would be, would go, etc.

I'd like some tea. ('d = would)
He'd go if he had some money.('d = would)
It'd be a good idea. ('d = would)

Would can also be followed by the perfect infinitive(have + past participle). 
would have been, would have gone, etc.

I'd have gone if I had had time.('d = would)
He'd have been 70 today. ('d = would)

Had is followed by a past participle had gone, had had, had been, had spoken, etc..

He'd gone home. ('d = had)
He'd been married a year. ('d = had)
She'd just spoken to her. ('d = had)
I wish I'd waited longer. ('d = had)

I'd better do something 
('d = had)
(used for giving advice or warnings)

You'd better be careful – it might be dangerous. ('d = had)
We'd better ask someone else because I'm not sure. ('d = had)

I'd rather
('d = would)

I'd rather live in Paris than in Rome. ('d = would)
I'm tired so I'd rather not go out. ('d = would)



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