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"I'd never allow that to happen." This is a phrase from a popular anime, Madoka Magika.

What is the difference between "I'll never allow that to happen." and "I'd never allow that to happen."? I very often hear people use "would" but I still don't quite get the difference between "will" and "would".

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"I will never..." implies that it's actually up to you to allow it or not. "I would never..." implies that it's probably not up to you. But if it was up to you, you would never allow it.

Perhaps another example makes the difference more clear:

I have a bicycle, and I will ride it to work everday.
If I had a bicycle, I would ride it to work everyday (but I don't have one).

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    It could also mean Whatever the circumstances might be, I would never allow it. Commented Mar 28, 2022 at 10:54
  • >>Whatever the circumstances might be, I would never allow it. << Does that mean "would" is stronger than "will"?
    – kuwabara
    Commented Mar 28, 2022 at 22:30

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