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    Would

    Scenario: I think I know some people that are selling their bikes. Let me ask around for you.

    I reply back with:

    What do these mean? Which one should I use?
    1. You do? I think I know them too. I don't think they would want to sell their bikes.
    2. You do? I think I know them too. I don't think they are going to sell their bikes.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Would

    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Scenario: I think I know some people that are selling their bikes. Let me ask around for you.

    I reply back with:

    What do these mean? Which one should I use?
    1. You do? I think I know them too. I don't think they would want to sell their bikes.
    2. You do? I think I know them too. I don't think they are going to sell their bikes.

    Thanks.
    What about?

    [1] I think I know who you're talking about. Do you really think they'll want / are going to sell?
    [2] I think I know who you mean. Do you think (if we ask them), they'd want to sell?

    The second example houses a condition (if).

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