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Why does speaker B add "would" in his response? Here is a dialogue.

A: Is it correct to say, "It would be appreciate if you can do something"?

B: For me, it would have to be, "I would appreciate it if you could do something".

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There is an unspoken clause here. I've added it for clarity.

A: Is it correct to say "X"?
B: For me, if I were to say it, it would have to be "Y".

The "would" is referring to the conditional future in which the speaker B is using the phrase you asked about.

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  • @Christion Legge. There is no conditional in that sentence. The speaker only uses "would" directly. Why use the past of "would" instead of "will"? The question isn't in the past.
    – Mbutt
    Commented Nov 7, 2023 at 7:06
  • The conditional is implied - unspoken, as Christian says. Commented Nov 7, 2023 at 8:38
  • @KateBunting Well, could you explain what the difference between the following is? I will appreciate it if you can help me with my homework. I would appreciate it if you could help me with my homework.
    – Mbutt
    Commented Nov 7, 2023 at 8:53
  • "I will appreciate it" means "I will be glad of it at some time in the future", and it is not a natural thing for an English speaker to say. We use the conditional to be polite, by not taking it for granted that the other person will help. The use of would as in your original example was recently discussed here. Commented Nov 7, 2023 at 9:00
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    As I said, "I will appreciate it" is not idiomatic English, "I would appreciate it" is. Commented Nov 7, 2023 at 9:55

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