I encountered this text in a grade 6 level English book: "Yes. One day a tortoise and a hare had a race. The hare was sure he

would win so he took a rest. He was too proud and careless. The slow but careful tortoise won the race." The question was asked of me by a fellow teacher. . . "What is the role of the auxiliary verb 'would' in this text?"

So far, I have concluded the following:

The hare was sure [that] he would win . . . so he took a rest.

That is the object of the embedded relative clause.

“One day a tortoise and a hare had a race.” That refers back to race. Therefore that can be omitted (but implied). Would then takes on the role of probability. The hare felt that he was 'likely' going to win.

Does anyone have some better input?

Thanks in advance.

would win so he took a rest. He was too proud and careless. The slow but careful tortoise won the race." The question was asked of me by a fellow teacher. . . "What is the role of the auxiliary verb 'would' in this text?"

So far, I have concluded the following:

The hare was sure [that] he would win . . . so he took a rest.

That is the object of the embedded relative clause.

“One day a tortoise and a hare had a race.” That refers back to race. Therefore that can be omitted (but implied). Would then takes on the role of probability. The hare felt that he was 'likely' going to win.

Does anyone have some better input?

Thanks in advance.