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    Default Use of would : addressing trainees

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    Context: Classroom : Sentences with will

    Trainees continually make sentences with would instead of with will. E.g. I would phone you tomorrow.

    It is not a problem with their mother tongue.

    How does one address this?

    Could someone help , please.

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    Default Re: Use of would : addressing trainees

    Quote Originally Posted by greystroke View Post
    Hi,

    Context: Classroom : Sentences with will

    Trainees continually make sentences with would instead of with will. E.g. I would phone you tomorrow.

    It is not a problem with their mother tongue.

    How does one address this?

    Could someone help , please.

    Greystroke
    Perhaps they are confused with the use of 'would' as a polite form of 'will', as in "Would you help me?" for "Will you help me?"
    If so, you could explain that this is only used when you're asking for something, not when you're offering to do something.

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    Default Re: Use of would : addressing trainees

    Probably they speak one of the dialects or languages in the Northern half of India, a Sanksrit-related Indo-European language.

    I have observed that in many Indo-European languages, the conditional is used for socio-cultural reasons when one is trying to be as polite as possible.

    In the example given, it is not correct in international English, but we can identify the reason and explain it to the students as a hypercorrection.

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