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    Default Will or Would

    Hello,

    I have a question using will and would.

    Why would you do it?
    Why will you do it?

    I wonder if I could use will and would interchangeably, or is there certain time to use would and will?

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    Default Re: Will or Would

    They're not interchangeable. 'Will' is used when the person you're asking is actually going to do it, and 'would' is the question when it's not certain that they're going to do that, but may be thinking about it, for instance. There's an area in the middle where they could both be used in similar ways- we could use 'would' when the person is going to do it, but we are trying to be polite or to show polite disapproval of the idea. However, by choosing the form 'would', we are choosing it for a reason, so it's not identical.

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    Thanks. I think I understand now.

    Something that I definitely going to do, I will use "will".
    Something that I am not sure that I will do it or not, I will use "would".

    Ex:
    I will marry her -- I will definitely going to marry her.
    I would marry her -- I will marry, but not sure, her.

    Right?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Will or Would

    I will marry here- definite, or a promise, an assertion
    I would marry her- if I could, if she weren't already married, etc

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    Thanks tdol.

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