All our problems would go away from us, if we stop judging people so much.

All our problems will go away from us, if we stop judging people so much.

How the the application of "would" and "will" change the meaning of the sentence?

  • Would makes this statement tentative and less stronger. It's a way of hedge.
    – Kinzle B
    Commented Jul 5, 2014 at 11:43
  • would induces probability and compare to that, will reflects a bit more surety.
    – Maulik V
    Commented Jul 5, 2014 at 11:56
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    The problem with the would version is that it doesn't fit well in your sentence. It's better to stick with the will version. If you want to use would there, you should use stopped instead. Also, problems go way from us isn't quite idiomatic. (I think it's better without from us.) Commented Jul 5, 2014 at 13:25
  • I agree with Damkerng T. The use of would in an if clause should in most cases be used with the verb in the simple past. This is if clause type 2.
    – Pro ingles
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 4:16

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"would" suggests that the situation mentioned in the hypothesis is less probable or impossible to happen.On the other hand, the future tense suggests that what is stated can happen in the future.
eg:If we work hard, we will finish the project on time. (It can happen)
If we worked hard, we would finish the project on time. (But it's highly likely that we won't because we're not working hard enough)


If I travel, will you come too?

The travel sounds like a real situation with a high probability of happening.

If I travelled, would you come too?

Here it sounds like a perhaps idea... Like you are just pondering the idea of travelling.

Hope this helps.

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