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    will or would ?

    can i use either will or would in this sentence

    I do not think the judge would be impressed with these witnesses

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    Re: will or would ?

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    Can I use either will or would in this sentence?

    I do not think the judge would be impressed with these witnesses
    Only "will" is correct.

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    Re: will or would ?

    For "would be impressed" I get over 8 million hits in google.
    "the judge would be impressed" gives 2550.
    "the judge would be impressed with" gives 580.

    I think it is safe to write 'will' or 'would' if you want to. Why should you only be able to use 'will'? If you express your opinion: 'I think that ....', this is conjecture, not fact. 'would' expresses this neatly, being the past subjunctive of 'will'.

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    Re: will or would ?

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    can i use either will or would in this sentence

    I do not think the judge would be impressed with these witnesses
    Both "will" and "would" are possible, depending on what the situation is.
    "will" is definite, while "would" is conditional.

    1.I don't think the judge will be impressed with these witnesses.
    The witnesses will appear, and I am expressing my opinion that the judge will not be impressed with them.

    2. I don't think the judge would be impressed with these witnesses.
    It has not yet been decided whether the witnesses will appear or not, or at least I don't know whether they will appear or not. I am expressing my opinion that if the witnesses were to appear, the judge would not be impressed with them.

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    Re: will or would ?

    I would (or will) just add, that I do not consider 'will' to be at all definite, and certainly not in this sentence. Someone is giving their opinion. The judge has not seen the witnesses. That lies in the future. No one knows how the judge will receive the witnesses, 'will' is also subjunctive, of the flavour optative.

    Has anyone ever said to you: 'I will be there.' and not come?

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    Re: will or would ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    I would (or will) just add, that I do not consider 'will' to be at all definite, and certainly not in this sentence.
    By using "will" no one is absolutely predicting the future.
    "will" is used because something is expected to happen, and in that context "will" is used. Of course someone is giving their opinion about what the judge will think when the witneses appear before the judge.

    The logical extension of what you say is that no one should ever use "will" because no one can ever be absolutely sure of what the future holds.
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    Re: will or would ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    No one knows how the judge will receive the witnesses, 'will' is also subjunctive, of the flavour optative.
    1. Will is not subjunctive.
    2. of the flavour optative is meaningless.

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