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Difference in meaning between: “his son will return” and “his son would return” [duplicate]

The hope is that his son will/would return. What’s the difference in meaning of the sentence when will and would are used one at a time? Should we use only would inasmuch as hope is only ...
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Can “would have” be used to express assumption or a guess?

I know that "would have" is usually used in a hypothetic situation. For example, "I would have done that had I been able to" is not a real situation but a hypothetic scenario. However, other ...
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'Would' vs 'Will' at the start of the sentence [duplicate]

I was updating my WhatsApp status today. While writing caption of a photo I couldn't decide whether to use 'Will' here or 'Would': Would/will your reaction be any different if you miss the bus on ...
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Why does the author use ‘would’ in “I would kill him inchmeal just now”?

I am a sanguinary murderer of time, and would kill him inchmeal just now. But the snake is vital. I'm confused because of "just now". Doesn't that mean 'a short while ago'? If so, why is there 'would'...
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It'd be an adventure!

In the trailer of "First man", there is a conversation between Neil and his wife: Neil: Are you sure? Janet: Yes, it'd be an adventure. I guess, they are making a decision to allow Neil for the ...
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“It expires…” vs “It would expire by 31 Oct”

Your collected Amazon Pay offer for Swiggy would expire by 31-Oct-2018. Please help me understand why 'would' is used in the place of 'will'. Also, can we not use the simple present here that ...
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How to write an imagined, hypothetical future and consequences?

What is the best way to let a character speak about some hypothetical future and the resulting consequences? Example: If the Martians attacked, I'd fly the jet and you'd be my wing-man. You'd be ...
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will or would usage in this sentence

The case would now come up for hearing on Wednesday. In this sentence, why 'would' have been used instead of 'will'?
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Proposing a solution: will or would? [closed]

I am currently confused about the usage of "will" and "would", especially when proposing a solution. For example, I want to promote recycling of plastic bottles to improve the environment. Should I ...
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Would or will - in a somewhat hypothetical situation

At (my old company) I made translations on a daily basis. Thus, my experience in translation will help me to ensure timely provision of translated materials. This is from a cover letter I'm ...
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Why “I would like to” instead of “I will like to” [duplicate]

After trying to explain to my friend that he was misusing "I will like to" in place of "I would like to" and showing him this answer (I apologize for asking again), he still argues he is correct. He ...
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Will or would in a speculation [closed]

I am a little unclear about the usage of will or would under these scenarios. Will it get wet in the rain? or Would it get wet in the rain? Will food go through? or Would food go ...
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We “would have been”/“will be” together for three years in August

Me and my boyfriend cannot decide if I am using the English language properly. My sentence is "We would have been together for three years in August" but he thinks the use of "would have" is ...
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Use of _would_ in news article [duplicate]

The following quote is from an article in the New York Times about D. Trump’s new budget, which can be found here. Hardest hit would be the Environmental Protection Agency, with a cut of 31 ...
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is may you reply to my email grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I'm curious if "May you" + verb is grammatically correct - any comments? Thank you.
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Usage of will/would [closed]

The usage of will/would - The correct option is will. I am unable to understand that why we shouldn't use "would" as this is a prediction being made and is not not a certain event that will surely ...
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“Would” vs. “will”? [duplicate]

Are both of these sentences correct? I will go to the dance if I find somebody to go with me. I would go to the dance if I find somebody to go with me. If so, does that mean "would" and "will"...
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Would/will be, Would/will have to be [closed]

Difference between 1.Would be. 2.Would have to be. 3.Will be. 4.Will have to be. I need a deep explanation with examples.
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You'll vs You'd

Which sentence is more correct? Look closely, and you'd never have guessed it was fake. or Look closely, and you'll never have guessed it was fake.
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What's the difference between “won't” and “wouldn't”? [closed]

What's the difference between "I won't blame you" and "I wouldn't blame you"?
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What is the difference between 'will' and 'would' in question form?

What is the difference in meaning between When will XYZ bank release the results of clerks? When would XYZ Bank release the results of clerks? Please correct the above sentences if ...
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How to use will in tag questions [closed]

Open the door, will you? Open the door, won't you? As I know the first one is the right one, but last week I came across with the second one, so I am really confused now.
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Hypothetical would/will in past perspective

When writing of past conversations and perspectives, is it correct to use 'will' to reference a possibility that did happen (and might still be relevant), followed by 'would' for a possibility that ...
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Difference between 'will' and 'would'

The following is an excerpt from a newspaper. In situations where the father has not exhibited any concern for his offspring giving him legal recognition would be an exercise in futility. Why ...
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Usage of the word “probably”

Consider the following sentences: She will probably come to the party. He may probably forget his umbrella. In the second sentence, isn't the word probably redundant? The uncertainty is ...
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Should you use “will like” or “would like” for a request/response in the present tense?

I ran into these sentences that got me thinking about would/will: I will like to have your number. I would appreciate a text. Is that grammatically incorrect or just impolite? I suppose the ...
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Which dialects of English consider “would” to be a polite form of “will”?

My recent trip to India exposed me to many sentences using "would" as a polite substitute for "will", as in Please make sure to leave on time. The last bus would depart at 8PM. Thanks for ...
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“He would go to the theater if I would go with him” - is this a correct sentence?

How to say properly in American English this sentence: "He would go to the theater if I would go with him". Does it look absolutely fine? First of all, I'm curious about two "would" in one sentence.
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Is it grammatical to use “would” twice in a sentence? Why? Please consider the following examples [duplicate]

Is "would" used correctly in these sentences? I would not be surprised if you would lose. I would not give you the weapon if you would use it to harm others.
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Use of would vs will? [duplicate]

What's the different between would and will? For example: How would it be? How will it be? When should I use one vs the other?
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both “will” “would” in one sentence

From a BBC article: The rise comes as Russia said it would will resume shipments of natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev makes its first payment for previous supplies next week. Would and will both ...
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Sorry I'm late, the car wouldn't start this morning! [closed]

This sentence is used in a Grammar book. I wonder why they used "wouldn't start"? Thanks so much!
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Is the use of “feel” followed by “would” incorrect in this sentence?

I am talking about a feeling that could possibly arise in a hypothetical future situation, and if the feeling did arise, the person would express it. I phrased the sentence like this: "If you feel ...
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Is the use of “would” valid when describing a hypothetical, future situation?

I am uncertain about the use of "would" in a sentence describing a hypothetical, future situation. The sentence in question is: "If you feel that way, you'd say it." In my opinion, the use of "would"...
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Proper Use of Would

I'm writing a memoir about some of my life. I'm at the first editing stage. I've found that I have used many "woulds." For instance, "After cooking our dinner we would remove the middle seat where ...
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Use of “would” when describing habits in present

My question pertains to one specific form of usage of "would". Is is inappropriate or even incorrect or, a fortiori, not understandable, if we use (read as: on utilise) "would" when referring to ...
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When to Use “Could, Would , Will and Can”? [duplicate]

When to Use "Could, Would , Will and Can"? Could you please send me that email? Would you please send me that email? Will you please send me that email? Can you please send me that email? Please ...
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Should I use present or past tense in indirect speech?

Suppose a person has told me this: I will go home. I want to report what he told me to someone else, but I don’t know whether the condition is still true — that is, whether he has gone home. Now ...
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“would” and “will”

which one is correct OR what is the difference between the following sentences: I think the duration of the meeting would be two hours. I think the duration of the meeting will be two hours.
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“will” vs “would” in this sentence

I am talking about events taking place in the known future: Would it be okay if I'll confirm around 3 pm? or should it be Would it be okay if I'd confirm around 3 pm? What is the difference ...