Conditional vs. Future Preterite
Oh dear, I've got 4 lessons left in the whole tree and never thought I could be so completely confused at this stage!
So if I have this right, skulle + infinitive can just mean two completely different things? Does it all just depend on context?
For example "Jag skulle ringa honom" could mean "I would call him" or "I was going to call him?"
Or do I have this totally wrong? There are no notes on the Conditional section so it's hard to compare explanations. Any help would be appreciated!
No, you are right. skulle can make both a conditional and a past future.
Jag skulle göra det om du dök upp "I'd do it if you showed up."
Jag skulle göra det men så dök du upp "I was going to do it but then you showed up."
The past future can also be formed with tänkte. They correspond to the 'present' future forms ska and tänker. There is no past version of kommer att (kom att means something else).
Jag ska göra det - Jag skulle göra det
Jag tänker göra det - Jag tänkte göra det
Jag kommer att göra det - N/A (you'd rephrase it or use skulle)