Questions tagged [will-would]

This tag is for questions asking about difference between two auxiliary verbs: will and would. Questions that only have to do with one of them can also use this tag, because the two modal verbs share a lot in common and can be easily confused.

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If + should vs. if + would

In certain clauses, should is used for all three persons: If I/you/he should decide to go, we will need a larger car. If it should begin to snow, we will stay here tonight. Would is not acceptable ...
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Will vs would in the following question [duplicate]

What's the difference between: "I would go on a walk with my friend tonight. " "I will go on a walk with my friend tonight. "
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what are the uses of “would”? [closed]

"His name is Oliver Daemen, and the flight would make him the youngest person ever to go to space." In the sentence above, the author used "would". I just wonder why he used it ...
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“Will” or “would” in the sentence [closed]

Can someone please suggest what would be more appropriate in the following sentence & in the context? Go disappear again for a year or so and you think I will/would let you in my home and life ...
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Would be him vs will be him

Suppose a telephone is ringing and I think that this call is from a specific person, then what will I say? That would be him. That wil be him.
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Would seem versus seem [duplicate]

Is it redundant the use of "would" in the sentence below? The reduction in blood pressure induced by long-term CR would seem to involve positive systemic and cellular adaptations. Can I ...
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Would usage in past tense

I have read this in "The Hindu" newspaper of India But in 1879 he would hit the jackpot as it were and bring out the blockbuster that would reverberate across the world. Why would is used ...
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Will and would in the same sentence

I have read this article in a Indian newspaper "The Hindu" The minority scholarship quota for Muslims will be reduced drastically from 80% to 58.67% whereas the share of the entire ...
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Will means “it will happen” and Would means “it wouldn't happen”?

Compare will and would: I'll stay a little longer. I've got plenty of time. I'd stay a little longer, but I really have to go now. (so I can't stay longer) I'll call Lisa. I have her number. I'd ...
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WOULD usage for future

I have read this news about a cyclone in "The Hindu" news paper of India Officials at the regional Meteorological centre in Kolkata on sunday issues warnings that squally winds of 40_50 ...
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What is the difference between “will” and “would” in this example?

Here are the examples: The car won't start. The car wouldn't start
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It would have to rain today, of all days!

It would have to rain today, of all days! https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english-spanish/it-would-have-to-rain-today-of-all-days What meaning of would is used here? According to OED, ...
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Will and Would difference in usage [duplicate]

While reading some article I found sentence 1 . Why can't we use will instead of would like in sentence 2? Fast forward to 2020, and the signing of the Abraham Accords between Israel, the UAE and ...
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A question about modals

What is the difference in meaning between: Would the boss cancel the meeting? Will the boss cancel the meeting? When should one use first, and when second?
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Will _ would and Can_Could differences

I read the below article in "The Hindu" newspaper: The state government has imposed restrictions on gatherings with immediate effect. Only 50 persons would be allowed at gatherings. The ...
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Assuming yesterday I met your brother, I would say

Person A: What is the meaning of "bump into someone"? Person B: If I met your brother somewhere unexpectedly, I would say, "I bumped into him yesterday." Here I'm only interested ...
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Would be Vs Will be

With India administering 30_40 lakh doses dialy, this suggests that existing stocks would be available for 10_13 days, though there is a considerable variation within the states in the number of doses ...
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“Would be working” or “Will be working” is most suitable?

We ____ be working very differently after the lockdown is lifted. will would In our country (non-native) sometimes it is difficult to understand the concepts of 'will’ and ‘would'. I would like to ...
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Difference between “difficult to believe that the situation {would/will} return to normal”

While reading a newspaper, I found this sentence Even if an argument is put forward that many of today's excesses do not reflect long term reality, It is difficult to believe that the situation would ...
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“I would make sure your future {will/would} be bright” - what is the difference?

What is the difference between these two sentences? I would make sure your future will be bright. I would make sure your future would be bright. I understand that the first would signify conditions ...
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I would, but I have an important meeting

Can we use "would" in the sense of but I/we/he won't? For example: Person A: Can you come with me for shopping this evening? Person B: I would, but I have an important meeting to attend. (...
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if I had enough money, I could buy a 20-room mansion

In the morning, person A says: if my leg were not injured, I would attend the party tonight. if I knew his home address, I could go to his house to meet him tonight. if I had enough money, I could ...
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I'd like/want to come, but

Friend: John, can you come to the party tonight? John: Sorry, no. I'd like to come, but my mum's very ill and I have to look after her. John: Sorry, no. I want to come, but my mum's very ill and I ...
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This would be entirely appropriate if her not having come had strained their relationship

While answering a certain question, someone (a native speaker) writes: "My sister came over last night. She'd been promising to come for weeks, and she finally came." "My sister came ...
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Will vs Would usage in sentences

1)So as promised by me , I would be doing it for you. 2)So as promised by me , I will be doing it for you. A person said first sentence to me , when I did the work he asked. What happens if he used ...
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“WOULD” in the same clause as “IF”

I heard this sentence and I thought if it was possible that 'would" could be in the same clause as 'if', I mean I've read that it's possible if 'would' conveys "willingness?" But in ...
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“would” can be used to express the degree of certainty? Or it is always used under hypothetical condition?

I am wondering about "would" can be also used to express the degree of certainty. Not any website shows any example sentences using "would" to express the degree of certainty only ...
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Different usages of “will” and “would” [closed]

Mechanical testing provides information about the suitability of a material for its intended application to help companies design products that will perform as expected. Does "will" here ...
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Use and meaning of WOULD

Could you please explain me what is the use and the meaning of WOULD in this sentence? “It’s very odd that he WOULD HAVE BEHAVED rudely to you”. Thank you! Francesca
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“I could meet you” vs “I can meet you” & “I would meet you” vs “I will meet you”

Is it true that "could" is generally referred to talk about past possibilities? If so, why? We say "I could meet you tomorrow". Why can't we just say "I can meet you tomorrow.&...
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If going to plus would

If I am going to do X, what would the cost of doing Y be? Is this sentence grammatically correct? I want to imply that now that I have to do X and doing X is inevitable, I think doing Y is not that ...
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It would be or will look

Which of the following is correct? Put these sunglasses on – then it would look more realistic. Put these sunglasses on – then it will look more realistic.
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Will vs would. Reason behind answer

Which of the following is a grammatically CORRECT sentence? A) You had better told her everything, or else you will lose a friend. B) You had better told her everything, or else you would lose a ...
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Usage Would instead of did

Why do natives sometimes use "would" instead of did in simple past questions? I can't find the rule about this anywhere. I hear such questions like "Why would you call the police? "...
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Why is “would” used in “tasks that would not overwhelm them”?

I find it very confusing to use 'would' in sentences like: That's why they give beginner employers introductory tasks that would not overwhelm them. Why is "would" used here?
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Is that sentence grammatically correct?

I came across the sentence below: ”Honestly, I thought everything went wrong and I will have to take the test again.” Or should it be written this way: ”Honestly, I thought everything went wrong and I ...
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Modal verbs: difference betweeen ¨Would¨ and ¨Could¨

I have a question: when I could use the modal verb ¨Could¨ and when ¨Would¨ because for me is similar. I know ¨Would¨ we can use it in very polite situations like ¨would you like a cup of coffee¨. But ...
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What grammar is being used in this sentense?

What is the grammar of: I promised myself I wasn't gonna cry at this one. I mean can I just say "wouldn't" instead of "wasn't"?: I promised myself I wouldn't cry at this one.
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What is the difference between 'I will do it' vs 'Let me do it'?

I feel the following sentences sound similar meaning but still, we use them differently at a different situation. What is the reason for this? Let me show you around the city vs I will show you ...
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Would be or Would have been, and why?

He would be a king, unfortunately he died due to a disease He would have been a king, unfortunately he died due to a disease Would be or Would have been, and why?
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Will and Would In future prediction

While learning C2 level grammar structures for my exam, I came across this structure. Using would with wide range of adverbs such as possibly, undoubtedly etc. Consider these sentences: I believe ...
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would: polite request

I'm learning modal verbs, would! I'll try for understanding how can 'would' be used for polite requests by approaching with a methodology. The methodology is that we think 'would' is the past version ...
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I would deny that report.(intention vs imaginary condition?)

There is a sentence, "I would deny that report". and here is another sentence and explanation. ex) I would attend the party. Means I'm not going to the party, unless something else is ...
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would + verb construction

I've been learning English for some time now, but have a huge problems with all constructions with 'would'. For example today I found that out in one of the NYT articles: [...]He wouldn’t learn ...
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Why do we need to use “would”?

Which is correct? I've got an acting job. Like you believe that. or I've got an acting job. Like you'd believe that. I mean, what's the difference between these two sentences?
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What is the meaning of “would” in “would step in to fill the void”?

From this : https://www.bbc.com/sport/basketball/52970613 Doncic would make his first-team debut at Real Madrid aged 16 That summer's EuroBasket also, inadvertently, gave Doncic the chance to ...
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Modal Verbs Will_Would differences

1). In the context of disease management, it is not the case that one drug would work for the entire population and a single one would be useful for that patient’s lifetime. 2). In the context of ...
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Will and would modal verb differences

1). A majority of voters approved changes to Russia's constitution that would allow president valdmir putin to hold power until 2036 2). A majority of voters approved changes to Russia's constitution ...
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will and would differences

1). Without my coach it wouldn't be possible. 2). Without my coach it will not be possible. What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences??? I Know that "would" is used in ...