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    Hope - will or would?

    If you use the modal hope, should it be followed only by will or could it also be would?

    I am aware that if it is in its past tense, would is correct. However, does the rule also apply in its present tense?

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    I do hope you would.....

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    Re: Hope - will or would?

    A number of tense-forms are possible after 'hope' for present or future time. 'Would' is not normally used, except in such constructions as 'would like', 'would rather'.

    I hope he is enjoying his new job. Present time.
    I hope he likes his new job. Present or future time, depending on context.
    I hope he will like his new job. Future time.
    I hope he is coming/is going to come tomorrow. Future time.

    Other tenses are possible with other time references:

    I hope he has passed his test.
    I hope he got home safely last night.

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    Re: Hope - will or would?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yura Reiri View Post
    If you use the modal hope, should it be followed only by will or could it also be would?

    I am aware that if it is in its past tense, would is correct. However, does the rule also apply in its present tense?

    Example:

    I do hope you would.....

    Thank you!
    I hope you will...
    I wish you would...

    I hope you [will] pass your driving test (we would normally omit the word "will")
    I wish you would close the door.

    I hope you [will] have a good holiday.
    I wish you would hurry up!

    I can only think of one example of using "hope" and "would" in the same sentence:

    Person A: I would go on holiday if I won the lottery.
    Person B: I would hope you would!!! (Means the same as "I should think so too!")

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    Re: Hope - will or would?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I wish you would close the door.

    I wish you would hurry up!
    I knew I was taking a risk when I wrote, " 'Would' is not normally used, except in such constructions as 'would like', 'would rather' "!

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