"You have used a cumbersome method to solve this question.I would not / will not use it."

Which of above two(would and will) is preferrable to use? Can would not be used above to politely refuse?


Both are correct, but mean different things.

1) I will not use it.

expresses the speaker's determination not to use the method his/her interlocutor has used.

2) I would not use it.

can express the same idea as (1), though in a less categorical form. However, in this context in which the interlocutor's attitude has been described, it will most likely mean:

2') I would not use it if I were you.

Therefore, (2) expresses criticism about the interlocutor's use of the method and the speaker's hypothetical adoption of a different approach.

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  • Is "would not" not used for politely refusing anything?Is it used only to express hypothetical situation? – ashish7249 Dec 25 '17 at 14:15
  • Not in this case. I see it as hypothetical. – Gustavson Dec 25 '17 at 14:21
  • may you give example when 'would' not is used for politely refusing anything? – ashish7249 Dec 25 '17 at 14:23
  • I can only imagine that in reply to a question with would: A. Would you use the same method? B. No, I wouldn't. – Gustavson Dec 25 '17 at 14:46

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