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I saw a bloger's post where it was written:

It looks like he would be on the East coast, when I am there.

I wonder if it's correct to use would instead of will? If it's correct what is the rule it is then? Explain it please.

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That is a common expression.

It looks like he would X.

X is a future event, which is probable, but not certain.

Much the same meaning could be conveyed by:

It looks like he will X.

The "would" from emphasizes the uncertainty, although "it looks like" expresses uncertainty even with "will"

  • To me, when I am here doesn't look like the future, hence the inconsistency with the first sentence. Admittedly, I might be wrong. – Lucian Sava May 9 at 16:14

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