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    Hi,

    What is the difference between Will and Would?

    Does does the usage of will or would depend on the verb tesnse?

    Thanks


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    Re: Will vs Would

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    What is the difference between Will and Would?

    Does does the usage of will or would depend on the verb tesnse?

    Thanks
    This can be a complicated answer. Let's start off by saying both represent distance or closeness. Distance and closeness has to do with time, possibility, or social circumstances.

    Let's start with how we use "will" and "would" as they relate to time.

    Okay, I'll have to come back to this.

    will - Use "will" for a spontaneous decision. - promise - close possibility

    He said he would come back to this. - Use "would" for reported speech - time distance - the past - what someone said

    I'd like to continue this discussion later. - Social circumstance - Use "would" to express politeness

    I want to come back to this later. - Not as polite as "I'd like to come back to this later" but not necessarily impolite

    I will like to come back to this. - Don't use "will like" to mean "want" in the same way we use "would like".

    The idea of "want" is contained in the underlying meaning of both "will" and "would".

    Would you remind me to come back to this? - more polite - social distance

    Will you remind me to come back to this? - less polite - social closeness - but not impolite, especially if you use "please"

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    Re: Will vs Would

    Can you add to this as to in which tense form is will used and in which is would used?
    Can will be used to express past action or only would can be used?

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