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    would & will

    hi,

    I got a question about the two expressions below :

    1. I said I would think about it
    2. I said I will think about it


    Are there any differences between these two sentences above ?


    I appreciate your help !

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    Re: would & will

    Quote Originally Posted by billy
    hi,

    I got a question about the two expressions below :

    1. I said I would think about it
    2. I said I will think about it


    Are there any differences between these two sentences above ?


    I appreciate your help !
    In terms of meaning, no; in terms of punctuation, yes. Sentence 2. needs punctuation,

    2. I said, "I will think about it." (Direct speech; exact words)
    1. I said I would think about it. (Indirect speech; reference to what was said (i.e., past tense would); not exact words)

    if it's the case that would in 1. refers to a condition (e.g., I said I would look into it if they ask), then 1. is ambiguous. That is, would expresses two meanings: a) indirect speech (i.e., direct speech "I will" => indirect speech I would) or b) conditional (i.e., I would if...) :D


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    thank you for the explanation! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy
    thank you for the explanation! :D
    You're welcome. :D

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