The Queen of England is very popular and is loved and respected by her subjects.

This sentence is too factual. It sounds like every single of her subjects loves and respects her. Probably there are some people who don’t love and respect her and she might not be popular with everyone. A better sentence WOULD be one using tentative language, for example:

The Queen of England appears to be very popular and seems to be loved and respected by many of her subjects.

Could someone explain how "would" work in the above sentence? And what does it mean?

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If we were using tentative language, we would be able to construct a better sentence than the factual one.

Here would is used because the use of a different formulation is merely a suggestion, a possibility. It would be good to write it that way, but maybe the phrase that will finally be printed in the newspaper is the first one.

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