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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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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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Doesn't or wouldn't?

Here is my phrase from Stack Overflow question. How to create a universal function so that it doesn't have to be rewritten for every new polynomial degree NN? Could (would, should, arrrgh) I write ...
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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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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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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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"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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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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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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Meaning of "would be" in "announced that he would be leaving Google"

On August 3, 2012, Bloch announced that he would be leaving Google. (Source) What I can understand: I will leave Google. I would leave Google. What's the meaning of: would + be + verb-ing
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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?
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Usage of 'would'

Consider the following sentence The program was able to communicate with humans using simple software that would recognize when certain key words were used. I want to translate this sentence. ...
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The meaning of "would have" + the past participal of a verb in context

I have come across it in this video. It is 2 minutes and 28 seconds. Here is the context: Language is complex, and difficult to learn. So complex, that one relatively popular theory, which comes ...
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correct usage of will

"I guarantee you that not only will the means negatively affect the relationship but the room won't stay clean when you leave town for a few days." I just wonder if we can use "will" this way: "I ...
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How to use would like in my sentences

Sometimes I need to use would like in my sentences, to show some suggestion or asking for something. I really do not how to use it correctly here. For example, I would like to ask someone whether he/...
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"So that people would know" vs "so that people knew"

I'm trying to understand this construction: You can do this like that, so that people would know what to look forward to Context: I'm trying to give a story advice. I can't decide whether it ...
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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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"I will say it is better" emphasizing "will"

In my shop I am selling a new thing. And a customer asks me about the quality of the new thing. And I responded by saying: I will say it is better, since I am selling it. First use then see. Here ...
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"I wouldn't want to..." vs. "I didn't want to..."?

I wouldn't want you to do that I didn't want you to do that We use "would not" to talk about repeated past actions that are not true in the present, and "did not" for actions completed in the past. ...
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Is this conditional clause correct?

Since I'm studying another language, I found a translation of the conditional into this sentence: "If he was able to catch the bus, he won't be late." Is this correct? Shouldn't it be "If he was able ...
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What should we put in this sentence-will or would?

In an interview, I heard an actress saying: "I would not say, this is the best role I have ever done." What is the meaning of 'would' in that sentence as there is no if-clause? Why didn't she ...
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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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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 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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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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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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