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"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?

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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, 2017 at 14:15
  • Not in this case. I see it as hypothetical.
    – Gustavson
    Dec 25, 2017 at 14:21
  • may you give example when 'would' not is used for politely refusing anything?
    – ashish7249
    Dec 25, 2017 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, 2017 at 14:46

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