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    #1

    say

    I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2".
    1. I say my favorite sport is football.
    2. I would say my favorite sport is football.

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    #2

    Re: say

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2".
    1. I say my favorite sport is football.
    2. I would say my favorite sport is football.
    Since I am not a native speaker, I say:
    "I would say the answer to your question is the following:
    In #1 you are quite sure about it, while in #2 maybe you have just realized football is your favorit sport, or you are a bit shy to say it. And it also depends on the context, for instance #2 could also represent an hypothetical situation, depending on the context."

    If I were a native speaker, I would say:
    "I say the answer to your question is the following:
    In #1 you are quite sure about it, while in #2 maybe you have just realized football is your favorit sport, or you are a bit shy to say it. And it also depends on the context, for instance #2 could also represent an hypothetical situation, depending on the context."


    PS Not a native speaker

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    #3

    Re: say

    # 2. I would say my favorite sport is football.
    This could stand for "Let's say my favorite sport is football.", dependeing on the context.

    PS Not a native speaker

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