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    I wouldn't like them to approach me too closely?

    This is the story of personified streetlight. Is "wouldn't" an unreal conditional or just a presumption?
    1)If it is a future unreal conditional : I wouldn't like it if little creatures approached me too closely. It assumes such thing woudln't happen a lot.
    2)If it is just a guess : I may not like their approaching me.
    I'm confused which is correct.

    ex)...In summer and fall, a lot of little creatures come up to me every night and fly around me. I always welcome them, but I wouldn't like them to approach me too closely. My heart is too hot to hug. sadly, some of them are reckless enough to fly into my heart to death....

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    Re: I wouldn't like them to approach me too closely?

    *not a teacher

    It can be a presumption, or the streetlight can already know he will not like it, but there is no implied information about how often the future thing might happen. He wouldn't like it if it happened once. He wouldn't like it if it happened many times.

    The streetlight can think it wouldn't like the bugs being close, even if it does not actually know.

    The streetlight had close bugs before, and now it knows that it wouldn't like it if it happened again in the future.



    In your particular example, it sounds like the streetlight already knows what happens when bugs fly to close to him, since his heart is too hot to hug. In my opinion you should use "don't" instead of "wouldn't". In this case it really is not a presumption at all, it happens, and he does not like killing the bugs.
    Last edited by montfan; 25-Mar-2011 at 18:26.

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