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    Default "I wouldn't be having the time" vs "I won't have the time"?

    Hi, native English speaker friends:

    I wouldn't be having the time to do it.
    I won't have the time to do it.
    Which one is more frequently used and what's the difference?

    I think I hear the first one more often. But don't understand why people don't say the 2nd more often.

    Many thanks

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    Default Re: "I wouldn't be having the time" vs "I won't have the time"?

    The first one sounds rather unnatural to me.

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    Default Re: "I wouldn't be having the time" vs "I won't have the time"?

    As far as I'm concerned, the first is so unnatural as to be incorrect.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: "I wouldn't be having the time" vs "I won't have the time"?

    Thanks to you both, 5jj and emsr2d2.

    But I think I've heard the pattern "I wouldn't be doing something" or "I would be doing something" very often. Is it just my illusion?

    Plus, I think I've at least heard "I need to get going", rather than " I need to go"

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    Default Re: "I wouldn't be having the time" vs "I won't have the time"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo_Lin View Post
    Thanks to you both, 5jj and emsr2d2.

    But I think I've heard the pattern "I wouldn't be doing something" or "I would be doing something" very often. Is it just my illusion?

    Plus, I think I've at least heard "I need to get going", rather than " I need to go"
    I'm not disputing that. I'm simply saying that "I won't/wouldn't be having the time ..." is unnatural. Just because a construction is used with one set of words doesn't mean that you can use it with all of them.

    If I were you, I wouldn't be doing that.
    It's late so I need to get going.
    I can't help you build your house tomorrow. I won't be having the time.
    I can't help you build your house tomorrow. I won't have the time.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: "I wouldn't be having the time" vs "I won't have the time"?

    Thank you, Mr. emsr2d2.

    But what's the difference between:
    If I were you, I wouldn't be doing that.
    If I were you, I would do that.

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    Default Re: "I wouldn't be having the time" vs "I won't have the time"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    As far as I'm concerned, the first is so unnatural as to be incorrect.
    Sorry. New question comes up!!

    I was taught that as to be= in order to be

    Why is it not:

    The first is so unnatural as to be correct.Many thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: "I wouldn't be having the time" vs "I won't have the time"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo_Lin View Post
    Thank you, Mr. emsr2d2.
    Please do not assume that people who give sound answers have to be male. ems is not.

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    Default Re: "I wouldn't be having the time" vs "I won't have the time"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Please do not assume that people who give sound answers have to be male. ems is not.
    My apologies. :)

    Thought about that when I replied. But in China, Mister can also used to be address female teachers. That's why I chose to use Mr.

    Will be more careful next time.

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