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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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?

i have so many doubts about given sentences i would be greatful if someone could clear those! Could is generally referred to talk about past possiblity - is it true or not? if it's true then why we ...
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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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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 ...
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Will vs would usage differences

1).What will you do if you find a suitcase with $10,000? 2).What would you do if you found a suite case with $10,000? I know that first sentence is normal and second sentence is hypothetical and ...
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will vs would difference in usage

In India, due to corona outbreak strick country wide lockdown was implemented. After two months, lockdown has been restricted to some areas only. At first, Minister of my area announced lockdown to my ...
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Writing : Would you quit killing after how many people you would kill? [closed]

A : Would you quit killing after how many people you would kill ? B : I would quit killing after I would kill five more. (or I would quit after I will make the number 10, which is the number of ...
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What's meaning “would” in this sentence?

What's the usage and meaning of "would" in this sentence: He (Sherlock Holmes) would undoubtedly have been baffled by the way the crime was committed. In this sentence, why is “have” used ...
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Is such modal verb transition grammatically sound?

Barry wouldn't give up, and the woman that he married won't either. The speaker addressing this is the subject's—Barry—spouse.
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“I wouldn't want to around the amount of people at that pool party even before the pandemic.”

First of all, I would like to know what differences do the use of won't and wouldn't make in any sentences, and what kind of meanings (wouldn’t) would conveys in the following sentence. I wouldn't ...
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Please, explain the use of 'would' in this sentence

Please, explain the use of 'would' in this sentence I'm only 36, but I feel like I'm too old to understand and explain certain expressions sometimes.. (since this is something younger people would ...
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Which tense is more suitable?

In the near future you will discard your body with robotic upgrades. Or In the near future you would discard your body with robotic upgrades. Won't we use "would" instead as we're speculating ...
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could a memory be a present evidence and require “going to” for an hypothetic future action

May be my name will ring you a bell when you are reading this message. I have bought many records from you but we haven't been in touch for a long time. I thought the label was over, glad it is not ...
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Understanding usages of would

I would call you. What does this mean? 1) Am I being doubtful about calling someone? Like less probability of calling someone. 2) Just saying that I will call if some conditions happen. Like in ...
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What's the difference between what I was hoping would happen? vs. What I was hoping that would happen?

The sentence "What I was hoping that would happen?" is possible? If possible, what is the function of that? Is it one of relative pronouns or what? My understanding for "What I was hoping would ...
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What's the difference between these two

1.How long will it last? 2.How long would it last? One is present and the other is past? In what context I can use them?
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Can you contract WILL with nouns in informal writing / speaking?

I'm considering writing the following in an email to a friend. I'm sure the exam'll be easy. But it just sounds wrong to me, even in an informal setting....
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Different usages of would

Hey, Would you beat your friend for 100 dollars? What does this mean? a) Requesting someone to beat his/her friend for 100 dollars? or b) Asking whether they would beat his friend for 100 dollars ?
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will and would usage differences

1) "You could not make me happy, and I am convinced that I am the last woman in the world who would make you so." 2) "You could not make me happy, and I am convinced that I am the last woman in ...
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would like vs simple present tense

1) After we go for a run, I would like some tea. 2) After we go for a run, I like some tea What is the difference between the meanings of these two sentences?