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    imany Guest

    will and would

    Hi

    I have two questions:

    1- what will , would , may ...... called, i mean the term we used to call those group of words?

    2- How can I use those terms?


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    Re: will and would

    Quote Originally Posted by imany
    Hi

    I have two questions:

    1- what will , would , may ...... called, i mean the term we used to call those group of words?

    2- How can I use those terms?

    They are called modal verbs, or modal auxiliary verbs.

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    imany Guest
    Hi

    Thanks for your answer.

    I checked resources available on the link you sent, but there are no enough examples.

    Are there any more resources available on the internet?


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    will would

    Hi imany :D .

    What will happen if I push that red button?
    Answer:- The machine will stop.
    Relating to the present time. Now.

    What would happen if I pushed that red button?
    Answer:- The machine would stop.
    Relating more to the future.


    What may happen if I push that red button?
    Answer:- You may hurt your finger.

    Hope this helps.


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    Will is used for the future that is possible or likely to happen, or out of our control:
    Tomorrow will be Thursday.
    Would is used for things that are imaginary now or unlikley to happen in the future.

    Try this link:

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    John D Guest
    Hi again imany :) .

    A few more examples:-

    What will happen if I help you in this forum?
    You will gain some knowledge.
    A definite answer.

    What would happen if I helped you in this forum?
    You would gain some knowledge, perhaps.
    A less definite answer.

    What may happen if I help you in this forum.
    You may fall asleep with boredom.
    A negative answer.

    Hope these help.

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    imany Guest
    Thanks John


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    imany Guest
    Test me?


    I would travel to Paris next month ( I am not sure)

    I will travel to Paris next month ( I am sure)


    right?


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    Would you tell Jenny?
    ==> I interpret this as a polite request to ask Jenny to do something if she would like to. Someone is asking Jenny a favor.

    #2
    Will you tell Jenny?
    ==> I interpret this as a indirect request that someone hope Jenny can do something and Jenny might not have too much choice ( of course, she can turn down any request as she doesn't feel like doing.)


    Or maybe I was wrong. Both sentences don't make much difference. Only that 'would' is more polite than 'will'.


    How about this?

    #3
    Would you please help?

    #4
    Will you help?


    I look forward to your answer.



    Sabrina

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    #1
    Would you tell Jenny?
    ==> I interpret this as a polite request to ask Jenny to do something if she would like to. Someone is asking Jenny a favor.

    #2
    Will you tell Jenny?
    ==> I interpret this as a indirect request that someone hope Jenny can do something and Jenny might not have too much choice ( of course, she can turn down any request as she doesn't feel like doing.)


    Or maybe I was wrong. Both sentences don't make much difference. Only that 'would' is more polite than 'will'.


    How about this?

    #3
    Would you please help?

    #4
    Will you help?


    I look forward to your answer.



    Sabrina

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