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    will/would

    I hope I will be able to meet my favourite tennis players. That would make my day.

    1. Why is there 'will' in the first sentence, while in the second 'would' is used? Will it be wrong if 'would' is used in each of the sentences?

    2. Can 'would' in the second sentence be replaced by 'will'?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: will/would

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I hope I will be able to meet my favourite tennis players. That would make my day.

    1. Why is there 'will' in the first sentence, while in the second 'would' is used? Will it be wrong if 'would' is used in each of the sentences?

    2. Can 'would' in the second sentence be replaced by 'will'?

    Thanks in advance.
    Interesting question. When you hope for something to happen, you have a desire for an imaginary situation to be fulfilled. We usually resort to backshift in tense in such situations.

    Would/Will you like if he came along?
    If I could/can meet him, that would/will make my day.
    but
    I hope you will/would come along.
    or
    I hope you come along.

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