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    the usage of "would" No.2

    Hi,

    The usage of "would" frazzles me a lot. Please explain to me the differences between the comparable sentences below:


    2. Would he always be like this?
    Will he always be like this?


    Thank you!

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    Re: the usage of "would" No.2

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Hi,

    The usage of "would" frazzles me a lot. Please explain to me the differences between the comparable sentences below:


    2. Would he always be like this?
    Will he always be like this?


    Thank you!
    The first sounds like a type of rhetorical question you might read in a book. For example "Tom had started to behave very strangely in the few weeks after he came back from the war. He was mostly distant and reflective, but sometimes angry and aggressive. Would he always be like this? The question troubled me deeply."
    If written in the present tense, it would have said "Will he always be like this?" but the piece is in the past so it becomes "Would ...".
    So there is no difference in meaning, just in tone.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the usage of "would" No.2

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The first sounds like a type of rhetorical question you might read in a book. For example "Tom had started to behave very strangely in the few weeks after he came back from the war. He was mostly distant and reflective, but sometimes angry and aggressive. Would he always be like this? The question troubled me deeply."
    If written in the present tense, it would have said "Will he always be like this?" but the piece is in the past so it becomes "Would ...".
    So there is no difference in meaning, just in tone.
    So should I not use "would he always be like this" if I am actually asking this question right now?

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    Re: the usage of "would" No.2

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    So should I not use "Would he always be like this​?" if I am actually asking this question right now?
    No, not as a standalone question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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