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What does "would" mean in the following sentences?

That picture would look better on the other wall.

It would be nice to see more of Ray and Barbara.

Six o'clock would be a good time to meet.

We can't all stay in a hotel. It would be very expensive.

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  • What are you asking here? – Daniel Roseman Mar 9 at 10:59
  • @DanielRoseman What does "would" mean in the above sentences? – Jembot Mar 9 at 11:19
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It is the hypothetical version of "will" indicating the future.

That picture will look better on the other wall. (prediction/assumption of future)

That picture would look better on the other wall. (hypothetical future)

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  • Could you explain more clearly what "hypothetical future" is? Six o'clock would be a good time to meet. – Jembot Mar 9 at 11:15
  • "Will look better" - I am definitely planning to move the picture. "Would look better" - I am imagining how it would look if I were to move it. – Kate Bunting Mar 9 at 12:59

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