2006I'd like to know what comes to native speakers' minds when they hear the following.
Opinion or hope
-I would imagine that they'll buy a new one. opinion... "would" can be omitted.
- Since you ask me I'd say the blue one is best opinion
Polite requests and questions
- Would you open the door, please? It's a request, so you shouldn't use a question mark.
Is it all conditional mood? None of the above sentence are conditional.
I can understand opinion or hope as they may have the feeling "what if you did this?", not necessarily Opinion and hope are different. but I can't understand for opinion, is it a humble feeling? not necessarily then it is contradictory of insisting. or is it a less strong insisting? An opinion can be expressed very mildly or very strongly or something in between. I would (less strongly) imagine? What is the difference with "I want to imagine?" I can't comment on the last two without context.
Student or Learner