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    Would

    Dear native spaekers,
    In the follwoing sentence:

    I think you would be happier in another job.

    Why we should say "would" and not "are" or "will"?
    In most passages or films I have come across with this type of structure and I would be grateful if you provide me with a clear explanation.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Would

    Quote Originally Posted by mehdihas View Post
    Dear native spaekers,
    In the follwoing sentence:

    I think you would be happier in another job.

    Why we should say "would" and not "are" or "will"?
    In most passages or films I have come across with this type of structure and I would be grateful if you provide me with a clear explanation.
    Thanks.
    In your example, certainly not "are", because it suggests that the person is already in another job. Again in your example, "will" is OK if there is some degree of certainty and "would" is OK if there is only some degree of probability.
    Last edited by billmcd; 05-Jul-2011 at 15:02. Reason: typo

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    Re: Would

    I agree with Bill, but would just like to add that 'I think you will be happier in another job' can also mean that he's already got a new job but hasn't started it yet.

    Rover

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