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    using "would" modal

    Can we use the modal verb "would" for the future? Please look at these examples:

    1. Itd be nice to see you. (now) simple present?
    2. He said hed call me. (before) simple past?
    3. Id probably get to meet new friends. (someday) simple future or present simple?)

    example 3 looks like a present tense to me, but what do you say? Is it future?

    thanks.

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    Re: using "would" modal

    Quote Originally Posted by donaldo View Post
    Can we use the modal verb "would" for the future? Please look at these examples:

    1. Itd be nice to see you. (now) simple present?
    2. He said hed call me. (before) simple past?
    3. Id probably get to meet new friends. (someday) simple future or present simple?)

    example 3 looks like a present tense to me, but what do you say? Is it future?

    thanks.
    Example 3 'I would probably get to meet new friends.' is not complete, it is part of a conditional sentence and it needs an 'if' clause to complete it.
    For example: 'If I went to the party, I would probably get to meet new friends.'

    The future simple in English is with 'will', there is also the future with 'going to'; we can use the present simple and continuous to talk about the future as well: 'I am working tomorrow.' 'The train leaves at 10 o'clock tonight'.

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    Re: using "would" modal

    Quote Originally Posted by donaldo View Post
    Can we use the modal verb "would" for the future? Please look at these examples:

    1. Itd be nice to see you. (now) simple present?
    2. He said hed call me. (before) simple past?
    3. Id probably get to meet new friends. (someday) simple future or present simple?)

    example 3 looks like a present tense to me, but what do you say? Is it future?

    thanks.
    I would call 3. the present tense, referring to the future.
    4. I would probably meet new friends if I went to the party next week.
    5. He wants to meet new friends at the party next week.

    In 5. "He wants ..." is definitely in present tense. But is it something he wants now, or something he will want next week? I'd say it's something he wants (now) to happen next week.
    And I think you can apply the same principle to 4.

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