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using of word " бы "

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i saw many times using  of word "бы " but i am not sure why it is used in phrases or short sentences.
asked Jul 31, 2014 by userofrussia (340 points)

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Hi userofrussia,  

The particle "БЫ" is used in Russian when you speak about something irreal or improbable, the English equivalent is "would".  This particle is also used in conditional clauses:

Я бы хотел съесть мороженое.

I would like to eat an ice cream.

Если бы я был писателем, я написал бы много книг.

If I was a writer, I would write lots of books.

Yulia Amlinskaya,
Russian Language Teacher.
answered Jul 31, 2014 by RussianTeacher (19,690 points)