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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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"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 ...
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Using "would" instead of "will" in "How would be the weather like tomorrow?"

How would be the weather like tomorrow? It can be very easily considered right in everyday English or informal style. Since would is always the past tense of the modal verb will —which is only used ...
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Would vs will degree of certainty

What is the difference between these two sentences? 1) My daily time with Sandra is something I wouldn't trade for anything. 2) My daily time with Sandra is something I won't trade for anything. I ...
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"Water will boil at 100°C" and "The vine wouldn't grow"

I have read in Longman English Grammar, page No 246, that we use 'will' and 'would' to describe natural tendency Like the simple present tense [> 9.6-8] will (with a 3rd person subject) can ...
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Will and would for "has the capacity to"

Source (Longman's English Grammar, 20th Edition 2003) page No 247 I've read in Longman English grammar.pdf that will and would can suggest 'has the capacity to' and would is more tentative than will-...
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What are the differences between these two sentences, one with "will" and the other with "would"?

I would like to ask you what differences are in between the following two sentences. Just one hit will turn the game around. Just one hit would turn the game around. I understand the first ...
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As much as I can or would I be able to?

Which one is correct? 1)If I were you, I would save money as much as I can or 2)If I were you, I would save money as much as I would be able to
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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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Do you feel like you're using conditional when using "would" for past tense ?

I was taught "would" has a value of past tense, like in : When I was a child, my father would take me to the park after school But the more I hear it and use it, the more it "feels" like ...
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The usage of would in "when a skeptic would deride their work"

I'd like to know what "would" exactly means here? Please help me I couldn't figure it out no matter how much I tried. Thanks a lot. The Wright brothers didn't become distraught when a skeptic would ...
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Question about: If I do

Should I use present|past tense in the following sentence and why? Question: How are you going to travel? Reply: We are going by train. If we go|went by bus, it would be cheaper, but the ...
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Question related to past tense of the verb

Is following sentence in past tense? And if it is, then why we don't use helped? She said she would help me when she finished her work.
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Whatever she said, I will/would insist on doing that tomorrow

In this following sentence, which one is better: whatever she said, I will/would insist on doing that tomorrow.(now I'm speaking) Because we can just use "would" in the following sentence right? ...
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What is the difference: "would" vs "will" [duplicate]

Would you please to explain the differences? For example, this would be the exception to throw if the caller attempted to use some object before it had been properly initialized. For example,...
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Is there any difference between these sentences? "will" vs "would" [closed]

Is there any difference between these sentences? Ticket will be reopened once the same issue will be noticed. Ticket will be reopened once the same issue would be noticed. Are they correct in ...
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Difference in meaning? "Would" vs "shall"

What is the difference between these two sentences? What would we crime reporters do without juicy murders? What shall we crime reporters do without juicy murders?
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Differences in meaning? Why would/should/will anyone...?

Are there any differences among these sentences? So why would anyone use the exception-based loop in preference to the tried and true? So why should anyone use the exception-based loop in ...
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Usage of the subjunctive word "would"

After an English class on the subjunctives, I am now confused about the usage of "would". The definition provided for "would": (expressing the conditional mood) indicating the consequence of an ...
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won't instead of using' wouldn't' is possible?

I have asked many questions about "would" both in ELL and ELU. But I still have a question about the use of "would". I have recently asked a question which @Jay also answered. He used "wouldn't" in ...
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While-clause with a second conditional

I got myself all confused. Can a while-clause be used with a second conditional to talk about a hypothetical situation? If so, then which form of verb does the tense after "while" take? I was ...
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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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"Would have been" Vs "Would be"

What's the difference between these two examples: 1."Your father would be proud of us." 2."Your father would have been proud of us."
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"Will" vs "would"

Here is the sentence from the test Without the Sun there _____________ no light, no heat, no energy of any kind. a) will be b) would be c) will The answer is obviously "b" because it is ...
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