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Which of the following statements is grammatically correct? Why?

*Well, for your own good, I’d really suggest dropping back and starting at the usual place.*

Or

*Well, for your own good, I really suggest dropping back and starting at the usual place.*

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  • The difference is absolutely negligible. – Mike Brockington Apr 29 '20 at 14:37
  • Which do you think is grammatically correct? And why? Please note that questions like this (without proper context or research) are usually closed. You need to tell us what you think is ungrammatical about them. As it is, it looks like a homework question. – AIQ Apr 29 '20 at 19:59
  • I heard the first statement somewhere and the second is what I would say in a similar situation. Actually my question is: "what's the purpose of "would" and what's its grammatical function in the first statement. – shapoor Apr 30 '20 at 12:57
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Both are fine gramatically.

I agree that they are close, but to my ear:

I suggest - could either have a hint of a menacing tone (there will be consequences if you don't) or expectation to obey, coming from a speaker who is in a position of authority / expertise (boss, parent, doctor).

I would suggest - could imply a more gentle offering of advice

The really just makes the advice a little more strong. In the case of "I really suggest" coming from a boss or parent, I would definitely follow without arguing (unless you have a really great work environment where everything can be questioned).

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  • Does "would" function as modal? – shapoor Apr 30 '20 at 12:53

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