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    Default would as presumption or imaginary result

    I posted a similar question before, but still the distinction between "imaginary result" of conditional mood and "presumption" is unclear. Whenever I encounter "would", I'm at a loss how to translate it whether to imaginary result or presumption, and many native speakers seem to perceive "would" as "imaginary result" more than "presumption".

    If you encounter this sentence, do you think it's a hypothetical clause is implying "If it were the case of most people" as part of a conditional or just presumption? The most difficult thing to understand is when there's no conditional clause. If I can infer it from the context, I can easily know it's a conditional mood, but sometimes it's hard to tell.

    ex)Most people would think space trip is a future thing, but it's already being realized even nowadays.


    would: Presumption or expectation
    • That would be Jo calling. I'll answer it.
    • We saw a police helicopter overhead yesterday morning. | Really? They would have been looking for those bank robbers.
    would: Uncertainty
    • He would seem to be getting better. (less certain than: He seems to be getting better.)
    • It would appear that I was wrong. (less certain than: It appears that I was wrong.)

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