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When sombody tells us about their abilities, I know we can suggest them about the jobs. For example this sentence:

1.You would be a great artist.

I know it's a suggestion, but I want to know what exactly does would mean here? What fuction does the would have? I myself think that it suggests an unreal fact conveying "you could have been an artist till now." or "You could be an artist, but you are not." is it correct?

What about this sentence?

2. I wouldn't recommend becoming a teacher.

Isn't it originally conditional being "If you asked me, I wouldn't recommend becoming a teacher." ?

  • Yes, "If you asked me" or other similar ideas are always implied with this usage. – Lambie Feb 27 at 20:00
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  1. You would be a great artist.

When someone says this, it's like saying, "You should become an artist". It's usually because they've seen your work, liked it, and think you should pursue it professionally.


  1. I wouldn't recommend becoming a teacher.

This one usually depends on context. This could mean a few things, perhaps that you're not good at teaching other people, or they don't think you'd handle the stress well. It's best to say "Why not?" to understand the reason they don't think you would be good in a teaching role. It could also mean that they think that being a teacher doesn't pay enough, or it isn't rewarding for the amount of work. Follow up questions are key to understanding the meaning of this question.


In Summary: In the first part means that they think you should do it. In the second part it means that they think you shouldn't do it.

  • As for #2, it may have nothing to do with the person’s ability. (For example, it could be because the profession doesn’t pay very well.) – J.R. Apr 25 '17 at 18:54
  • Exactly, I forgot to add that. I'll edit! – SolarLunix Apr 25 '17 at 19:13
  • -1 this post does not address the crux of the question, stated twice: "...I want to know what exactly does would mean here? What fuction does the would have?" – AmE speaker Apr 25 '17 at 19:42
  • @Clare I added a clarifier to make it more clear. – SolarLunix Apr 25 '17 at 19:44

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