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    will -> would

    I have learned that 'would' is more polite than 'will' and then how about these sentences?

    1) "I would like to study English someday."

    2) "I will like to study English someday."

    Does #1 sound more polite than #2 or the meaning of #1 is just different from that of #2 and the #1 sentence is a little bit unnatural because of 'someday' and 'would like to' just means 'want to' in English?

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    Re: will -> would

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    I have learned that 'would' is more polite than 'will' and then how about these sentences?

    1) "I would like to study English someday."

    2) "I will like to study English someday."

    Does #1 sound more polite than #2 or the meaning of #1 is just different from that of #2 and the #1 sentence is a little bit unnatural because of 'someday' and 'would like to' just means 'want to' in English?

    I hope to hear from you again and have a good day.

    What did you find that led you to believe 'would' is more polite than 'will'?

    Out of your sentences, number one is the more natural sentence.

    Just to provide a small definition of each word. Just to ensure you're not mistaking their use.

    Will
    [COLOR=#878787 !important]Verb[/COLOR]
    1. Expressing the future tense: "you will regret it later".
    2. Intend, desire, or wish (something) to happen: "he was doing what the saint willed".


    Would
    [COLOR=#878787 !important]Verb[/COLOR]
    1. (expressing the conditional mood) Indicating the consequence of an imagined event or situation: "he would lose his job".
    2. Used to give advice.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Re: will -> would

    1 is natural and 2 isn't, though it is possible to come with a context where you could use it. This is not a question of would for politeness- you're right that would like means want.

    Take a request - Would/will you hand that over? - and you have a question of politeness because you are asking someone to do something.

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