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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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Numerous usages of modal verb Would

At the age of thirteen, after receiving a call, she would join 'The sisters of Charity'. How is 'would' used here? It could have been written: At the age of thirteen, after receiving a call, she ...
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Using would in a doubtful situation

I understand "would" is used when the situation is hypothetical. However, when the outcome is unknown and unsure but it is a possibility, should I use would or will is the right word? #1 If ...
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It won't have BEEN millions... (making assumptions about the past)

I am still unsure about when to use 'would' and when 'will' while making conjectures about the events in the past. Is the difference merely in the degree of certainty? Besides, I am not sure what ...
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"you wouldn't want to invite someone that you knew wouldn't want to come."

If you were having a party, you wouldn't want to invite someone that you knew wouldn't want to come. Is this sentence 'that you knew wouldn't want to come.' also hypothetical OR does it refer to the ...
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Hypothetical Grammer

How are the following sentences different? The sky is turning dark. It should be raining soon. (Why do we only use should and not shall. If we use shall be/shall it would be grammatically wrong?) ...
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"would be free" vs "will be free"

How should I use 'would' or 'will' in a conditional sentence about planning a meeting? I'm trying to arrange a meeting with someone at the university tomorrow, but I'm uncertain about their ...
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Three team will/would be

Here's an explanation about the phrase "two-horse race". (a) Two-horse race A close or tight battle between two teams for the title (three teams would be a three-horse race, and so on). ...
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Usage of Will/Would with the conditional clause

Occasionally, we have the occurrence of will/would in the condition clauses. In the below examples, 'will' and 'would' are supposed to have the meaning of 'willing to" or 'want to.' Example 1. If ...
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Why are there two "woulds" in this sentence?

I'm a little bit baffled why there are two "woulds" in this dialogue? Why doesn't speaker B use "will?" A: Which sentence is your choice? If I study hard then I will succeed. If ...
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Is it right to use will after time expressions?

Is it right to use will after some time expressions? I thought you couldn't use will after before, after... Both sentences below are right but will on the second would be wrong. Or is the first one ...
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Difference between more context will help and more context would help

B answers a question from A. Speaker B uses "would", if I use "will", what is the difference? A: Could you please put in plain words the meaning of "unsatisfied" here, ...
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What is meant by "direct" and "indirect"?

I usually hear a native speaker say "if you were to provide context, it would help" when they will answer a question from a forum member. What is the difference between the following? If ...
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Will or would when making a predictiction

When we're making a prediction, I think both "will" or "would" are interchangeable. Is there a difference between them both when it comes to making a prediction? I'm confused ...
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Why is "would" used in this sentence, not "will?"

This question is about why my friend Jane used would be in her response to a particular language question. Here's the question: Context: Lady Catelyn's husband was murdered by Joffrey who belongs to ...
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I don't think that he would take such a decision

I don't think that he would take such a decision. I don't think that he will take such a decision. Is there any difference between them? The only difference is 'would' vs. 'will'.
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Usage of would for the real future possibility

Advisory: DoT, Govt of India would conduct Cell Broadcast testing with NDMA. You may receive test alerts on mobile with sound/vibration. These alerts are part of testing process, do not indicate an ...
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Past tense + will [duplicate]

This article talks about expected situations next week: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/498549/parliament-protest-organisers-told-by-police-to-keep-it-peaceful It says: He said police will be ...
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When "would" is used as a softer form of "will"?

I've been studying Michael Swan's Practical English Usage and in the topic about would it states that: Would is used as a softer, less definite form of will... Could you help me understand this by ...
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Is would necessary here?

I was afraid that this book sold out very fast. I was afraid that this book would sell out very fast. Are both sentences correct? What is the meaning each one convey?
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Giving advice: Do you think it wouldn't be a good idea to...?

If I want to advise you, I can say, e.g.: You should see a doctor You ought to get to the doctor Do you think it wouldn't be a good idea to see a doctor? https://www.eltconcourse.com/training/...
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the meaning of modal auxiliary verb 'would'

He was very ill at that time, but he would go. His income was still small, but she would marry him. At last she put her arms round the top, as far as they would go. Are these sentences all barely ...
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will vs would (in the meaning "am/are/is willing to")

cambridge.org: "Will" and "would" can be used in conditional clauses, either with the meaning of ‘being willing to do something’, or to refer to later results: (1) If Clare will ...
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She wouldn’t change it, A or B (main clause is vague)

She wouldn’t change it, A She wouldn't change it, B 'A' or 'B' determines the meaning of main clause of 'she woudn't change it' even though the main clause itself is fixed. This seems to be very ...
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He asks if I would help. He asks if I will help

He asks if I would help. He asks if I will help. Is there any difference between the two sentences? My dictionary says 'would' is another version of expressing the reinforced willingness of someone'...
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It's surprising that she would leave so suddenly. (would)

When you consider how long she worked there, it's surprising that she would leave so suddenly. 'would' The 'would' here implies she submitted her resignation? In addition, 'so suddenly' gives me the ...
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Use of "would" in this sentence? [closed]

I wanted to know why we use would in this sentence. If you feel you don't have the vocabulary required, you could try to gently shift the conversation to an area where you know a greater number of ...
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"And now you will/would say that..."

I was wondering if the first sentence below is an abuse of grammar or if it is, unwittingly, better grammar than the second sentence. The sentences are 1: And now you will say that they are going to ...
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Why tell about a past event with "would" although it was not repetitive in the past? [duplicate]

From the BBC web site about a famous comedian who passed away Paul "After making his mark on London's comedy scene as Lily Savage, O'Grady would go on to become one of the most recognisable faces ...
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"will" vs. "would"

Intentionally long-winded sentence for the sake of grammar reviewing If you wish for me to talk about every figure of rhetoric there is in the same breath, I would have to tell you I couldn't hold it ...
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Before dropping off, the taxi driver says: "That will be 8.50". So, why "That will be ....." instead of "That is ...."

A taxi driver takes his customers where they want. Then when they are there, before dropping them off, the taxi driver says how much they need to pay. For instance he says: "That will be 8 ...
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"She said she won't/wouldn't come to the party”

She said that she won't come to the party. She said she wouldn't come to the party. What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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Modal verbs: "would" as a guess

I know that "would" can be used in the situations below: A doorbell is ringing. My mother says: It would/will/could/might/may/must be John, I will open the door. "would" here ...
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Is "will" being used for deduction or for future in this sentence: "Of course, you will know all about Hogwarts."

This is from the movie Harry Potter. Harry and a man, who Harry sees for the first time, are talking, and the man thinks that Harry is aware of his own magical powers - that he is a wizard. Harry: ...
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"Would have loved" in the book narration

I'm reading Bloodline by F. Paul Wilson and came across the following snippet: Jack needed to read this. He'd have loved to take it home to pore over, but Bolton would know he'd been invaded when he ...
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Does "would" imply a vague uncertainty to the statement below?

Statement 1: "He would be willing to sign something assessing the liquidated damages of $100,000 to misfit boxing in the event he withdraws." Statement 2: "He will be willing to sign ...
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would vs would have been

In the Soviet Union, bribing government-employed sales clerks to avoid standing in line for scarce items, or just to find out when a shipment of oranges or imported Western shoes would be on sale, was ...
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Why is there a "would" in the if clause, instead of a simple past?: "Decision-making could be easy if you’d think about what’s right for you."

The following sentence is from a text about marriage when to walk away "Besides the pain you get from the betrayal, knowing when to walk away after infidelity is a lot harder to face. However, ...
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Difference between 'would+present' and 'would have+past participle' in these cases

Difference between 'would+present' and 'would have+past participle' in these cases. 1° EXAMPLE: When John was 30, the doctor told him that he wouldn't live/wouldn't have lived past 40. Now he's fifty ...
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Would you enter or will you enter

Let's say I see a person standing infront of a room. I want to ask him if he will enter or not. What would be the correct sentence to use here? Would you enter? Or Will you enter? One more ...
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"Would you be kind enough to answer me?" Or: "Could you kindly answer me?"

Do these two sentences have the same meaning? Which of these phrases sounds more natural? Would you be kind enough to answer me? Or: Could you kindly answer me?
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Why use "would" in this sentence?

I'm a little confused by "would" in this sentence. Speaker A is asking a question, the B's response uses "would". In this sentence, is "would" a past form of "will?&...
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Use of would in first conditionals

If it's someone whose death you don't even have to know about, you still wouldn't push the button? In a sentence of first conditionals, dependant clause is constructed in simple present (1st form of ...
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Why 'would' in this example? [duplicate]

In the Marvin Gaye song "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" the refrain is: Ooo I heard it through the grapevine Not much longer would you be mine Ooo I heard it through the grapevine And I'...
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"I'll never allow that to happen." and "I'd never allow that to happen"

"I'd never allow that to happen." This is a phrase from a popular anime, Madoka Magika. What is the difference between "I'll never allow that to happen." and "I'd never allow ...
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Would vs Will: "Would/Will" this be the day/month/year/... questions?

I tried to look this up on Google with no luck. It's confusing to me because some results use present tense while some others use past tense. What's the difference or could I use both? Examples: A) ...
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Meaning of "would"

What is the meaning of "would" in the following sentence: He would sometimes relive the battle in his dreams. Is it about what may happen in the future or about something that used to ...
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What's the difference between "will know", "knew", and "have/has known"?

The excerpt below is taken from Advanced Grammar in Use: We can use will to draw conclusions or state assumptions about things that are the case now. You will know that Ewan and Lucy are engaged. (= ...
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How to know if sentence containing would/could is not a conditional sentence

Do we always use could would in conditional sentences? 1.I would love to go there. 2.It could rain. 3.That would be Daniel. Are all the above sentences 2nd conditionals? How to distinguish between ...
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Questions with would

I'm practicing the use of would and I have a problem with one exercise, I have to put these words in order: would, be, the problem, what and a question mark (?). And now I don't know how to put them. ...
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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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