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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"Would have" in texts describing history

I have noted that in books/articles dealing with history, "would have" is often used. E.g.: Many of the tools used by Woodland people would have been familiar to their Archaic ancestors. ...
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Soon everything would / will

I have this part in a story, and I have no idea if it should be would or will: I looked at the Merrimack River, always so big and beautiful. On the riverbend, the trees started blossoming with the ...
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Please explain why "would" is used in the following sentences? [closed]

Please explain why "would" is used in the following sentences (it's shown in its contracted form). Situation 1. A: We have a special course that focuses on healthy food. B: I don't think I'd ...
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Is it okay to use 'would' in past tense?

I was having breakfast with my older brother and then I asked him to 'Can I pass?'. He answered 'Yes you can, if you were not this kind then I ..... not let you pass.' We had a argue about what we ...
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Use and meaning of "Would" in following sentence

As part of my effort to understand use of "would", I came across below text on internet. I need a translator (junior translators welcome) to proofread/revise a text. Must be a native speaker. ...
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Can "would" be used in affirmative for being less direct?

Can "would" be used in affirmative form for being less direct? Situation: I have got a request from a business counterparty. After we agreed on the way of taking it forward, I need to pass to my ...
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Won't vs wouldn't

What is the difference in the usage of "won't" and "wouldn't" in these sentences: The bathroom is filthy. I won't even wash my socks in it. The bathroom is filthy. I wouldn't even wash my socks in it....
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“wouldn’t have been” usage

I found this sentence watching one of the videos about “would” on YouTube: He wouldn’t have been much help anyway For me it sounds weird. Why “help” and not “helpful”? What rules in there? That ...
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The usage of will and would

I came across several usage of would and will in a news article, but it is of pretty much confusing use. I picked a few sentences in the article with would or will in. According to No 10, the new ...
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How paradoxical that the world’s greatest chefs

How paradoxical that the world’s greatest chefs have all been men! Cooking would clearly seem to be a field that lies exclusively within women’s realm, yet the annals of cookery are replete with ...
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Does *will somebody something* exist?

From this post: ..., because it will you you more performance or power reduction or both. the article use will you you sth. Grammarly notify me that you you should be you-you, but I also don't ...
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what does "would" mean in this paragraph?

My leg burned and was angry from the lead ball that was lodged in it just above my knee. I felt sleepy and everything would go black. Then I'd wake up again. I wanted to go back to our farm in Ohio ...
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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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if condition and would

Consider the following two sentences: If I had a free year, I would have traveled the world. If I had a free year, I would travel the world. Is sentence 1 referring past not probable thing? Is ...
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Will be or would be?

I looked at a text a friend of mine wrote. She almost always uses "would be" or "would have" instead of "will be" or "will have". An international team of scientists collected insects with so-called “...
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'Will' vs. 'would'

I am writing an essay, and I am confused about some tenses that I have to use: For a while, the situation seems to improve, but Mary decides to finally kill herself (shortly after that). However, ...
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Using would in sentences

I had eggs in the breakfast. But I wanted sausages. Can I say, "I would have preferred a sausage"?
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"Would I be ready" or "am I ready"

Consider this sentence: I study medicine too, but am I ready to act like them in a similar situation? Suppose you finished reading a book about the actions of some people in battle filed. Now you ...
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Does 'would' sometimes substitute other modals?

Without you, I couldn't have done it. Without you, I wouldn't have done it. Is there any meaningful difference between those two above? In my humble opinion, the first one sounds as "I wasn't ...
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Which one will / would be correct? [duplicate]

Who will win the next election? Who would win the next election? Are there any differences between those sentences? They both describe the future, so from what I learned, the difference would be ...
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What's the differences between "Will" and "Would" as present tense?

I always appreciate all the people here. Today I have a question about will-would usage. I know there're lots of answers for them already. However I just need to learn them with my sentences for ...
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"would have v3" or "must have v3" for guessing about situations or things in the past

We were taught at school that condition 3 (would+have+v3) is used for unreal past, which means "there is no more chance for it to happen in the other way around" such as "if you had ...
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Why is 'would' used here instead of 'will'

Someone commented following line. "This time,a vote for Democrats(or any party) would be a vote for progress;a vote for third front would be a vote for instability and indecision." I don't think ...
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Purpose of 'would' here

"I would definitely encourage each of you to follow-up on their initiative,write e-mails,posters,talk to professors and even reach out to people outside the university." Is would used in above line ...
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Should I use conditional or not

John is learning to write a speech.But he has not to give any speech in near future.His teacher gave him an advice. Which of the followings lines should be used as an advice by teacher, considering ...
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Why 'would be' is used in this line

In India,there is a great cricket player named Sachin(he has retired few years back).One of his colleagues (who used to play at international level along with him)praised him and said following line: ...
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Use of "will" vs "would"

"You have used a cumbersome method to solve this question.I would not / will not use it." Which of above two(would and will) is preferrable to use? Can would not be used above to politely refuse?
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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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Role of 'would'

I know that 'would' has different usages, for requests, conditionals, habitual actions in the past, talking about the future in the past, willingness in the past, being less direct, etc. Which role ...
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"like to..." as a semi-modal

As I would like to use "like to" ( which I've read somewhere that is a semi-modal verb) in different tenses I encountered some problems to use it. What I mean "like to" as a modal verb similar to "be ...
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Will or would in future time

Why in following news they use "she'd" and not "she will" to talking about the future ? And crucially, it's not clear how far she'd actually go in criticising Vladimir Putin himself, a close family ...
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difference between "would" and "will"

I am having a hard time deciding "will" or "would": Which one I should use in the contexts? 1- "I would/will definitely love to move into a decent place." 2- "I would/will definitely like to visit ...
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Distinguishing future from present in mixed conditionals when there's no

I'm trying to get through mixed conditionals, and I have problems distinguishing Present from Future. Here are examples: Past/Present: If he had worked harder last year, he would be vice president ...
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Should I use "will" or "would" in "election that would/will take place in 2018"?

After having drunk seven beers, he announced his candidature in the presidential election that would/will take place in 2018. I am not sure whether to use "will" or "would". The main clause is in the ...
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I will not/would not [duplicate]

If someone asks me "would you give me your bike", which one of the following will be the usual reply? 1- No, I won't give you my bike. 2- No, I wouldn't give you my bike. My question is should I ...
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Using first person as a polite way to ask second person to do something

I emailed someone asking for a piece of information. He wrote back: "I'd contact X for the latest data." I'm having trouble understanding what he (a native speaker) meant by using the word would. It ...
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What is difference between these three sentences- "would", "would have", and "will"

1.Tag those who'll attend her concert 2.Tag those who'd attend her concert 3.Tag those who'd have attended her concert
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There will be or would be

When talking abouts facts should we use would or will ? There would/will be no life without water. There would/will be no women without men. There would/will be no theft without thieves.
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What tense is "would" in "...and I would go on living, like that,..."? Is it past or present?

SOURCE  (Paris Review, "Breaking It Down" by Lydia Davis) I was listening to the radio to improve my listening skills ( because usually I listen and read transcript at the same time ) and ...
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but other ladies carried such things, so she also **would have one

Next she selected a parasol from a large and varied assortment in the rear of the store. Not that she had any idea what it was used for; but other ladies carried such things, so she also would have ...
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What time would vs. what time will

Sally: You will have to meet my parents tomorrow. Jack: What time would/will it be? I think that I will have to use will in this case, as the situation is likely to happen, but using 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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"will" vs "would" in hypothetical situations

I am aware that in hypothetical situations one should use "would" instead of "will". But I came across this text: The World Bank report addresses a particular worry of Russian authorities: that ...
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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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I would play football

I always confuse for using "would". Everywhere write the same things(using with if), but all of them are not clear for me. Logically, would always should be the same meaning. for example if I use "I ...
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"What would she have said?" Tense question

I've been reading Pride and Prejudice and stumbled on this line: What would she have said? How would she have behaved?" were questions with which she amused herself. I can't wrap my head around ...
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How to use will,shall,should,could and would with has/have and had? [duplicate]

Is there any rule of using will,shall,should, could and would with has/have and had? I know that we should never use had with will because will is a future tense but the others I am not sure? ...
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Will Trump build the wall

I wonder when someone writes down the following sentence as a headline of a writing Will Trump build the wall? Could it have two meaning as follows "Is Trump going to build the wall?" ( just ...
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What would you do if it _____on your wedding day. Rains or rained

I am really confused about this sentence. I just hope I would be helped over here. I discussed this question with one of my friends who is also an English teacher. What would you do if it _______on ...
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What's wrong with "university students would have to choose study over work, especially if they are undertaking a degree in theoretical subjects."?

The following is a question in a Japanese University's entrance exam. There is an error in the following sentence. Correct the sentence by locating the wrong word from (1)-(4) and replacing it with ...