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I sold my phone because he would take it away.


Is this sentence correct and does 'would' mean future in the past? Thank you.

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anonymousIs this sentence correct

Probably not. My guess is that you want "I sold my phone because he was going to take it away".

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anonymousIs this sentence correct

Probably not. My guess is that you want "I sold my phone because he was going to take it away".

Thank you. But can't we use there to mean 'was/were going to' just like the sentence below?

She met the man who she would marry one day.

anonymousThank you. But can't we use there to mean 'was/were going to' just like the sentence below?

Although I don't understand your use of the word "there", I believe that you are asking whether we can use the word "would" to mean "was/were going to". The answer is that sometimes we can, and sometimes we can't.

1a) I sold my phone because he would take it away.
1b) I sold my phone because he was going take it away.

2a) She met the man who she would marry one day.
2b) She met the man who she was going to marry one day.

The question is why (2a) is OK (formally "who" would be "whom"), but (1a) is not OK. My feeling is that this has something to do with the greater sense of intention/volition in (1).