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  1. You might say we do business a little differently, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
  2. You may say we do business a little differently, but we won't have it any other way.

Unilever use #1 in its website, instead of #2. Why would Unilever use something of past tense instead of present tense to describe things happening now?

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  • There is no 'past tense' in those sentences. Apr 30, 2022 at 13:35

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Might can sometimes be the past tense of may. If something might have happened in the past, there was a possibility of its happening at that time. If it may have happened recently, we don't yet know whether it has or not.

However, may and might are often treated as synonyms.

As for would and will - we wouldn't have it any other way is an idiom meaning 'This is the way we like it - if a different way was possible we wouldn't choose it'. We won't have it any other way would mean 'We refuse to consider another way'.

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