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I've been told that we can't use would for future events(expect in conditional sentences). But I have encountered many situations where native speakers use would to express future possibilities. Like in this song (Like I would)

He won't touch you like I do

He won't love you like I would

He don't know your body

He don't do you right

He won't love you like I would

Love you like I would

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    Please do not expect song lyrics in English to exemplify the grammar you are taught in the classroom. I'm sure there is popular music in your first language, and that the lyrical content of those songs does not reflect the highest expression of grammatical purity! In any case, all of these uses of would are indeed conditional constructions. – P. E. Dant Nov 8 '16 at 20:49
  • You are right in that sense but I have come across many such sentences where speakers use would(without condition) to express future possibility. – FanBoy Nov 8 '16 at 20:54
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    I think the conditional in the song is implied: he won't love you like I would (if I were your boyfriend) – stangdon Nov 8 '16 at 20:58
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    Ref. Nathan, that's the modal would to express expectation. See KinzieB's answer here. – P. E. Dant Nov 8 '16 at 21:05
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    You raise a good and very tricky issue here - saying "That would be Nathan" isn't quite the same as "it would rain tomorrow" because it's not literally a prediction about the future. Again, I think this usage of would includes a kind of implied conditional: if there were a man with a French accent calling us on the phone, that would be Nathan. – stangdon Nov 8 '16 at 21:24

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