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Perhaps I would/might have liked that movie the first time I watched it, but there is no way I'm going to watch it again.

I would like to know which modal verb between would and might is the right one I have to choose for the sentence above, in order to exactly get my point across.

Here is a little bit of context, of course:

A friend of mine asks me if we want to see again a movie he knows I saw many years ago. He thinks that I enjoyed it that first time. Unfortunately (it can sound strange), I just don't remember whether I really enjoyed it or not (maybe, or maybe not), but by no means I want to see it again. Please, let me no if you need more details.

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"Might" conveys the idea that there is a possibility that you liked the movie, even though you don't remember it now. "Would" would not be appropriate in the sentence in question.

" Probably I liked the movie when I first watched it, but I am by no means going to watch it again" may be an alternative more linear sentence to yours.

  • Thank you Josh. Your sentence is definitely more linear than mine. However, I needed to know which was more appropriate and grammatical between would and might. It is for my English comprehension. – jeysmith Apr 3 '14 at 18:46
  • englishpage.com/modals/might.html – user5267 Apr 3 '14 at 19:13
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    The above link might be of help to your understanding of how to use "might". – user5267 Apr 3 '14 at 19:15
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While Josh61's answer is correct, you could also simplify it by just saying:

Perhaps I liked that movie the first time I watched it, but there is no way I'm going to watch it again.

Perhaps indicates it was a possibility same as might, so it sounds a bit redundant to me.

  • Ok, I see. Anyway, can we say that, without the word perhaps, the sentence (with might) is "acceptable"? Thank you – jeysmith Apr 3 '14 at 18:49
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    Yes, that is OK too. – user3169 Apr 3 '14 at 23:51

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