I would call you.

What does this mean?

1) Am I being doubtful about calling someone?
Like less probability of calling someone.

2) Just saying that I will call if some conditions happen.
Like in conditional sentences such as: if my mobile had charge, I would call you.

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"I would call you" could mean different things, depending on the context.

You wouldn't use it to express doubt as such, although you could use it to indicate a condition for it happening, for example:

I would call you if I had a phone.

You could also use it with a possible reason why you would not, for example:

I would call you but I don't have a phone.

You might say "I would call you" without a condition or exception if you were answering a hypothetical question, for example:

Q. What would you do if you had a phone?
A. I would call you.

In spoken English, the inflexion you put on the word would help determine what you meant. Your tone would either express certainty or uncertainty.

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