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    Do you think she would go to the mall with me if I donít have a car on that day?

    Do you think she will go to the mall with me if I donít have a car on that day?

    These sentences might be grammatically, if so please explain. What is the difference betweent he two sentences?


    but will i be able to read it?
    but would i be able to read it?
    are these both correct? what is the difference between the two?

    "do you know how would i get tutored in english?"
    "do you know how will i get tutored in english?"
    and same with these ones, what is the differene between the two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Do you think she would go to the mall with me if I donít have a car on that day?

    Do you think she will go to the mall with me if I donít have a car on that day?

    These sentences might be grammatically, if so please explain. What is the difference betweent he two sentences?
    Both sentences are correct and they have similar meanings. Both are asking for an opinion. The first asks for more a hypothetical opinion. The second asks for more of a definitie opinion. It is likely that they would result in the same answer.


    but will i be able to read it?
    but would i be able to read it?
    are these both correct? what is the difference between the two?
    Again, "would" is little more speculative than "will". We often use "would" to be less definite than "will".

    "do you know how would i get tutored in english?"
    "do you know how will i get tutored in english?"
    and same with these ones, what is the differene between the two?
    In a question, we invert the subject and verb, but not in dependent clauses.

    "Do you know how I would get tutored in english?"
    "Do you know how I will get tutored in english?"

    In the first, the tutoring is a hypothesis. It is not yet firm.
    In the second, the tutoring is firm. The question is about the details of it.

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    "Do you think she would go to the mall with me if I donít have a car on that day? "

    "Do you think she would go to the mall with me if I didn't have a car on that day? "

    what is the difference between the two? "didn't" and "dont"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    "Do you think she would go to the mall with me if I donít have a car on that day? "

    "Do you think she would go to the mall with me if I didn't have a car on that day? "

    what is the difference between the two? "didn't" and "dont"
    Didn't is past tense. It makes the lack of a car hypothertical.
    Don't is present tense. It makes the lack of a car more real.

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    "Do you think she would go to the mall with me if I donít have a car on that day? "
    "Do you think she would go to the mall with me if I didn't have a car on that day? "

    The first asks for more a hypothetical opinion. The second asks for more of a definitie opinion. It is likely that they would result in the same answer.



    Do you think she would go to the mall with me if I donít have a car on that day?

    Do you think she will go to the mall with me if I donít have a car on that day?

    Didn't is past tense. It makes the lack of a car hypothertical.
    Don't is present tense. It makes the lack of a car more real.



    Out of those four questions, how do i know which one is appropriate to use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    "Do you think she would go to the mall with me if I donít have a car on that day? "
    "Do you think she would go to the mall with me if I didn't have a car on that day? "

    The first asks for more a hypothetical opinion. The second asks for more of a definitie opinion. It is likely that they would result in the same answer.



    Do you think she would go to the mall with me if I donít have a car on that day?

    Do you think she will go to the mall with me if I donít have a car on that day?

    Didn't is past tense. It makes the lack of a car hypothertical.
    Don't is present tense. It makes the lack of a car more real.



    Out of those four questions, how do i know which one is appropriate to use?

    First you have to identify your position about the car. If you are sure that you won't have a car, I would use "don't". If you are unsure about the availability of a car, I would use "didn't". The choice of "will" or "would" is less important, because you are seeking an opinion. In other cases, the definiteness if "will" and the uncertainty of "would" will be more important. That being said, I would use "would" with "didn't" and "will" with "don't" if there is no other information, just because it keeps definiite with definite and uncertain with uncertain.

    So:

    Do you think she would go to the mall with me if I didn't have a car on that day?

    or

    Do you think she will go to the mall with me if I donít have a car on that day?

    You would choose between the two based on your view of the car possibility. :wink:

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    Is it correct to say:
    I would like to know when does the sun sets tonight.
    I will like to know when does the sun sets tonight.
    How do i know which one to use?

    Is it correct to ask:
    "What would this sentence mean?"
    "What will this sentence mean? "
    How do i know which one to use?

    What does these sentences mean when i use have instead of had and vice versa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Is it correct to say:
    I would like to know when does the sun sets tonight.
    I will like to know when does the sun sets tonight.
    How do i know which one to use?
    These sentences contain an indirect question, so it is no longer in question form.

    I would like to know when the sun sets tonight.

    That sentence uses "would" to be polite. We don't use "will" in this construction. That is future tense and out likes and wishes are normally not in the future. We could say: I want/wish to know when the sun sets tonight.


    Is it correct to ask:
    "What would this sentence mean?"
    "What will this sentence mean? "
    How do i know which one to use?
    Normally we would say: What does this sentence mean? We don't use "will" this way unless we expect the meaning to change in the future. We could use "would" for politeness or presumption.

    :wink:

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    Can you give me an example where i would use will?

    Are these questions correct?
    Can you give me an example where i would use will? <---what does this question mean if i use will?
    Can you give me an example where i will use will? <----what does this question mean if i use would?

    Could you give me an example where i would use will? <----what does this question mean if i use could?
    Could you give me an example where i will use will? <----what does this question mean if i use "could" and "will" ?

    There are so many possibilites to ask questions. How can i make it easier for myself to ask questions?

    "I would like to get a new car." <what does this mean?
    "I will like to get a new car." <What does this mean?




    MikeNewYork:
    "Normally we would say"

    How did you know what to use? Like how did you know how to use would instead of will. why didn't you use "will"? again what dwould it mean if i use "will" instead of would" and vice versa?

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    Can you give me an example where i would use will? <---what does this question mean if i use will?


    Can you give me an example where i will use will? <----what does this question mean if i use would

    'Would' is theoretical, so, as I don't know you, I'd probably use 'would'. 'Will' is not theoretical,so I could use it (in this question) about someone I know.

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