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    Default Without you, I would/might be late for school.

    1. Without you, I would be late for school.

    2. Without you, I might be late for school.


    Do the both sound natural ?
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    Default Re: Without you, I would/might be late for school.

    In certain contexts, yes.

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    Default Re: Without you, I would/might be late for school.

    - that is, they mean different things: 'might be' -> possible lateness; 'would be' -> certain lateness

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    PS And you'd say them as you were getting into the car. If you were talking about a lift in the past, it would be 'would/might have been' (again, depending on certainty/possibility.
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