(a) I'd appreciate it if someone would answer my question.

(b) I'd appreciate it if someone answered my question.

Which sentence is grammatically OK? I hesitate because I am not able to decide whether this clause is conditional or not.

P. S. Is it necessary to use "it" there?


As a native US English speaker, either sentence sounds correct to me; the first may perhaps be a little softer or polite.

I think you definitely need the "it."

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