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Could this “would” possibly be for attenuation?

To hear her speak, I would think she is from Tokyo. I can't imagine a situation very well when this sentence makes sense. Could it be used like this: A: ~. So my daughter have gotten very much used ...
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Some of you will have met me before vs Some of you met me before

I really do not get how "will" and past infinitive is used here. This comes from an example in a textbook, explaining usage of will in assumptions: Some of you will have met me before. I wonder, ...
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Coupling words that express uncertain things with “will”, which indicates likelihood or certainty

The following quotation is from Anthony Trollope's The Small House at Allington: But it seems as though she will be so far separated from us. It is not the distance, but the manner of life which ...
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“can” or “could” in the following sentence?

In the following sentence, why is "can" appropriate than "could"? Is it a grammar thing? please explain. The more satisfied you are with your job, the more effort you could put into your work.
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What is it? An order, a request or a declaration?

The famous line from Mission Impossible film: Your mission should you choose to accept it. The problem is this structure does not seem natural; I think it wants to convey: You should choose to ...