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What is the difference between "need" and "would need". For instance, on below example:

Reason I ask is no automation scripts have been developed for deploying a AWS Tape Gateway at this stage as this is the first use case. And if this goes to production environment we would need some time to develop and test the automated scripts to deploy AWS Tape Gateway.

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A "would need" is being used as "would" acts like a auxiliary verb, where it depicts the present future tense (context is present tense). To put it simply:

If goes to production environment -> then -> need some time

So the "if" depicts only if it happens, then they need more time, so we use a present future tense -> "would need".

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