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    ratna is offline Newbie
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    Degree of certainty "would"

    Sir,

    I would like to know if the following pattern of "would" usage is possibly
    correct or not.If not, why exactly so? If yes, what could be the correct meaning of "would" in this cotext?

    If she comes,he would be happy.

    (sir, here I mean a type-1 conditional sentence.)
    (I know that "If she came,he would be happy" is perfectly alright.)

    sir, I also want to know if a sentence using "would" can be used as standalone as below.

    He would be delighted to invite some guests.

    sir, I would also like to know that what could be the affect of "should"
    instead of "would", in all the above examples

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    asad hussain is offline Member
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    Re: Degree of certainty "would"

    Yes, it’s correct. “Would” in the second clause expresses a prediction. You are not sure if he will be happy.

    If she comes here, he should be happy. poses a necessary condition. It is certain that he will be happy on her arrival.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by asad hussain; 05-Feb-2007 at 00:42.

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    ratna is offline Newbie
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    Re: Degree of certainty "would"

    Thanx very much sir.
    What about the validity of the other sentence:
    He would be delighted to invite some guests.

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