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    'would' in this question

    I am confused with this question which I read at a book

    ' What would be your criteria for a top student ?'

    why this guy say : what would .............

    why not : what is ............

    what is the difference ?

    thanks

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    Re: 'would' in this question

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    I am confused with this question which I read at a book

    ' What would be your criteria for a top student ?'

    why this guy say : what would .............

    why not : what is ............

    what is the difference ?

    thanks
    Firstly, your suggestion should be "What are......?" because criteria is plural.

    As far as the use of "would" is concerned, I can't answer you from a grammatical point of view, only usage. When asking people for their opinion, we frequently say:

    What would your top 10 films be?
    Who would your 10 favourite designers be?

    I think it's somehow related to the fact that an alternative question is:

    If I asked you what your top 10 films are, what would you say?

    However, I'm sure someone else will be able to give you a far more technical response!

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    Re: 'would' in this question

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    I am confused with this question which I read at a book

    ' What would be your criteria for a top student ?'

    why this guy say : what would ............. he is using the 'would' conditional because it is an imaginary situation - understand it as, for example: '[if you were a teacher,] what would be your criteria for a top student?'

    why not : what is ............ with 'what are' the situation is real, not imaginary - understand it as, for example: '[As a teacher,] what are your criteria for a top student?'

    what is the difference ?

    thanks
    Bertie

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    Re: 'would' in this question

    Thank you very very much for your explanation

    Have a nice day !

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