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    Question "Would" or "Will"?

    My teacher taught me that we used "would" in the past, "will" at the present. But sometimes, I still see that the English use "would" at the present. Please explain for me and tell me when we use "would" and "will". Thanks!

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    Re: "Would" or "Will"?

    Quote Originally Posted by devonpham1998 View Post
    My teacher taught me that we used "would" in the past, "will" at the present. But sometimes, I still see that the English use "would" at the present. Please explain for me and tell me when we use "would" and "will". Thanks!
    1. In indirect speech, when verbs are normally back-shifted into a past tense, would is used to report will.

    "I will see you tomorrow"
    He said that he would see me the next day.


    2. In second conditional sentences, when both verbs are moved into the so-called past tense, would is used as the past form of will:

    If we get that order, we will have to take on new staff.
    If we got that order, we would have to take on new staff.

    3.When will is used to show a habitual characteristic, would is used as the past-tense form:

    He will often go for long walks in the rain.
    When he was younger, he would often go for long walks in the rain.

    4. In most other uses of the modals, would is best regarded as a more remote equivalent of will. This distancing is often considered 'more polite':

    Will you lend me £100, please? - Would you lend me £100 please?
    Will you come with me? - would you come with me?

    5. Would is not used as a past form of will in such cases as this.:

    I'll lend you £10 today. - I'd lend you £10 yesterday.

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    Re: "Would" or "Will"?

    Thank you very much! Now I can understand it clearly.
    I have a little question more: Can you please tell me when we use "can" and "could"?

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