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    will vs would

    Hello

    I would like to know the basic difference between the usage of these two words:will and would.

    I don't understand when to use will and when to use would.

    Example: Will brand Priyanka work for her brother?

    Can we use 'would' in the above sentence?


    Thanks.

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    Re: will vs would

    Quote Originally Posted by snowwhiteY2K View Post
    Hello

    I would like to know the basic difference between the usage of these two words:will and would.

    I don't understand when to use will and when to use would.

    Example: Will brand Priyanka work for her brother?

    Can we use 'would' in the above sentence?


    Thanks.
    First, I don't understand your use of "brand", unless Priyanka is the name of a product, but in your example, the use of "would" suggests that there is some perceived condition that might influence the decision/response to work. Whereas, the use of "will" would expect a simple "yes" or "no" response.

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    Re: will vs would

    Quote Originally Posted by snowwhiteY2K View Post
    Hello

    I would like to know the basic difference between the usage of these two words:will and would.

    I don't understand when to use will and when to use would.

    Example: Will brand Priyanka work for her brother? (you are wondering: is she willing to do so?)

    Would she work for her brother? (If he paid her good money - hypothetical condition)


    Thanks.
    Hope it helps.

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    Re: will vs would

    Have a look here: Will brand Priyanka work for the party and her brother? - Times Of India
    (Would doesn't work in this context, snowwhiteY2K.

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    Re: will vs would

    So that means, we start our question with 'would' only when some condition is attached to it.

    Am i right?


    Thanks

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    Re: will vs would

    Quote Originally Posted by snowwhiteY2K View Post
    So that means, we start our question with 'would' only when some condition is attached to it.

    Am I right?


    Thanks
    Yes.

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    Re: will vs would

    Quote Originally Posted by snowwhiteY2K View Post
    So that means, we start our question with 'would' only when some condition is attached to it.
    The condition may be implied: Would you like drink (if I offered you one)?

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    Re: will vs would

    Doubts:


    As it has been said,we use 'would' in questions when some condition is attached to it.

    Here are some of the examples, where I don't see any condition or any hypothetical situation,but still 'would' is used here.
    I might be wrong in saying that.
    May be some condition is there and I am not able to figure it out.

    examples:
    Why would someone do that?
    Why would I think that?
    How would i know?

    Great confusion.

    Thanks.

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    Re: will vs would

    Quote Originally Posted by snowwhiteY2K View Post
    So that means, we start our question with 'would' only when some condition is attached to it.

    Am i right?


    Thanks
    And also when you would like to make a polite offer/request:
    Would you like some tea?
    Would you mind opening the window?
    Would you care for some cake?
    Hope it helps.

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    Re: will vs would

    Quote Originally Posted by shannico View Post
    And also when you would like to make a polite offer/request:
    Would you like some tea?
    Would you mind opening the window?
    Would you care for some cake?
    Hope it helps.

    And i have seen some of the sentences where there is no condition but an element of uncertainty is there,then also we use would.

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