Sometimes rules may not have a positive influence on children if those parents who set strict rules focus too much on children's obedience. Children will/would rely heavily on rules and may not be able to solve problems independently.

Which word should I use here? I think they are both acceptable but there is a difference in meaning; will is more affirmative while would is more tentative; will is like describing a fact whereas would is giving a personal opinion. Am I right?

  • Yep, you're totally, 100% right on that one
    – Lordology
    Dec 15, 2018 at 21:48

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That is correct. "Would" would imply a hypothetical or an uncertainty, as in

I would take the red pill.

whereas "will" is definite, as in

I will take the blue pill.

In this scenario I would use "will".

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