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There would be no selective reduction.

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There will be no selective reduction.

The meaning of both sentences is the same. So why should we use would instead of will?

2nd sentence

I would say that I prefer tea to coffee.

Here why should we use would?

As per this link we should use will for the more realistic conditions. Then what about are going to. I read that going to use for sure and certain conditions. Like They are going to throw a party next week is more certain than They will throw a party next week. Now which one I will use? will, are going to or would?

Thank You.

  • Context is everything. In your first example, would might be indirect speech, reporting "will" with would, the back-shifted tense of will used in a direct quote. Little difference in meaning there. But would has a wide variety of modal meanings (i.e., those not related to tense and time). Go here: ell.stackexchange.com/a/87940/105719. One of those meanings is preference. – user105719 Jan 15 at 9:07

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