Typically, people use the present tense, the future tense ("will"), or the present continuous ("be doing") in the clause following the verb "hope" in the present tense. (Reference here.) However a few examples use "would" in the clause instead:

I hope people would say in 20 years that Gwinnett County is a place where parents are interested and involved in the education of their children .

I hope things would not get that far.

This is his first book of poetry and he hopes it would perhaps influence and help others.

Whatever the editor replies, one hopes it would be in the form of a good rejoinder that one can later use for amusement.

(All above examples from Linggle.)

When is the use of "would" following "hope" in the present tense correct? How is the meaning different from a verb in the present or future tense?

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Your last sentence is actually in the future tense, so you would use "hope it would". "Would hope"/"hope something would" usually already denotes a future present.

  • Where does the "would hope" you mention refer to? None of the examples uses the "would hope" structure.
    – tvk
    May 19, 2022 at 19:14
  • @tvk I have edited my answer
    – DialFrost
    May 23, 2022 at 23:25

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