Reply To: Belief Change To Past Tense
Grammar Lesson (for me)
Would is a past-tense form of will. If you are writing about past events, you can use it to indicate something that was in the future at that point in time, but is not necessarily in the future right now. In other words, you use would to preserve the future aspect when talking about the past.
So my new phrase is: “Something Bad Would Happen”
I think this is close enough to give it a try