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    Question modal word - would

    This forum is conducive to my learning English.
    I copied the following dialogue from my English textbook.

    Hiro: Don't tell anyone what I said to you.
    Yuko: I would never do it.

    I wonder why the word "would" is used instead of "will".

    "will" should be used because of the time reference of the dialogue is present tense which is understood from "tell". So, Yuko promises she will not tell anyone about it from now on.


    Domo arigato = thanks.

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    Re: modal word - would

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered Japanese View Post
    This forum is conducive to my learning English.
    I copied the following dialogue from my English textbook.

    Hiro: Don't tell anyone what I said to you.
    Yuko: I would never do it.

    I wonder why the word "would" is used instead of "will".

    "will" should be used because of the time reference of the dialogue is present tense which is understood from "tell". So, Yuko promises she will not tell anyone about it from now on.


    Domo arigato = thanks.
    "Would" is also correct.

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    Re: modal word - would

    Hello Unregistered Japanese.
    I think 'would' is used because there's a hidden conditional here.
    I would never do it, even if you hadn't told me that.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: modal word - would

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered Japanese View Post
    Don't tell anyone what I said to you.
    Hi,

    Is that a standard English usage?.

    Regards,
    Anish

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    Re: modal word - would

    Quote Originally Posted by anishjp View Post
    Hi,

    Is that a standard English usage?.

    Regards,
    Anish
    What part? "Don't tell anyone what I said"? That's fine.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: modal word - would

    Yes. I agree w/mmasny. "Would never" in this example implies "never under any condition or circumstance".

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    Re: modal word - would

    I think it also widens it to show that the person can always keep a secret and not only on this occasion.

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