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    We would need to plant...(would)

    Hi,

    In the sentece below, what does it exactly mean by "would"? and does it have a different meaning without "would"?

    In order to remove that much carbon dioxide from the air, we would need to plant about 30 million trees!

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: We would need to plant...(would)

    Your sentence has a meaning roughly equivalent in meaning to:

    If we wanted to remove that much carbon dioxide from the air, we would need to plant about 30 million trees.


    Without 'would', it is roughly equivalent to:

    If we want to remove that much carbon dioxide form the air, we (will) need to plant about 30 million trees.

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