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"The earliest I can come would be..."

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Should the sentence use "will" instead of "would."

Thanks in advance!

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Context 1.

"What, boss? You need me ASAP? The earliest I can come is ..."

Context 2.

"Thank you for asking me to clarify my proposal. The earliest I could come would be ..."

For me, the conditional contains the deferential social signal that the deal is not yet done, that the customer can still say no. But Salesmanship 101 teaches "Assume the sale!" Thus, a salesman might use the simple present tense form as a closing technique, i.e., to avoid the nuance of conditionality inherent in the conditional verb.

Both forms are correct. But only one choice may be right.

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