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    simon1234 is offline Member
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    will

    Hi there,
    What is the difference in meaning between
    'Will you help?' and 'would you help?'

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    simon

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    Re: will

    'Would you help?' sounds a little more polite. 'Will you help?' is more direct.

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    Re: will

    I just thought that you might have been asking about the structure not the intent. Grammatically the sentences are nearly identical. One is a simple future expression turned into a question and the other uses the modal 'would' to give it a more polite intention.

    Just to put the cat among the teacher pigeons, this is exactly the reason I think it is acceptable to call 'will' a modal verb used to express a future intention. Mechanically it works the same way.

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