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Use of "would"

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Clever username, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    Why do some people write: "He would score with 7:01 remaining ..." or "The defense would force a turnover ..." instead of just writing, "He scored with 7:01 remaining ..."

    It happened. It might have happened after something else, but it still happened. That play is over, never to be run again. The future holds nothing for that play. I've never understood why people do this and it irritates me to no end when I see it, but I've seen it enough to wonder if it is, in some way, grammatically correct.
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    I would comment on this thread, by saying I agree with you.
  3. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    At least they didn't go with, 'he would of scored...'

    Your example isn't grammatically incorrect, it's just silly writing.
  4. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    I think people pick up this nasty habit from TV folks. When I see it in print, it always makes me think of the TV highlight in which the scoring play isn't shown, but the anchor says, "He would go on to score three plays later," or some such thing.

    Completely unnecessary in print, though, because you don't need to explain why the viewer/reader can't see the play happening.
  5. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    Some people think it sounds more intelligent or more formal. A lot of amateurs (new stringers, youth sports people, etc.) seem to think newspaper writing is more formal than it is.
  6. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    This might be my No. 1 pet peeve. Everyone at my shop does it, and more often than not, the errors make it into print. There's no excuse: It's just bad writing. But Barsuk's right: I think it is a TV-related thing.
  7. joe

    joe Active Member

    I would have been OK if I hadn't drank that jumbo martini.
  8. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    If it weren't for my horse, I would have never spent that year in college.
  9. ARD

    ARD Member

    See it frequently; remove it at the same rate.
  10. John

    John Well-Known Member

    I see this more in SID copy than anywhere else.
  11. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    It's also underused by people who use "will" instead when referring to future if/would sequences.
  12. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I've got some would for you. ...
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