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    the usage of "would" No.4

    Hi,

    The examples below seem to mean the same thing but what differences with respect to connotation are they?

    You wouldn't know him.
    You won't know him.
    You don't know him.


    Thanks!

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    Re: the usage of "would" No.4

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Hi,

    The examples below seem to mean the same thing but what differences with respect to connotation are they?

    You wouldn't know him.
    You won't know him.
    You don't know him.


    Thanks!
    The first two could mean more or less the same as each other. The third one has a different meaning.

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    Re: the usage of "would" No.4

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The first two could mean more or less the same as each other. The third one has a different meaning.
    What difference is that?

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    Re: the usage of "would" No.4

    In the first two, the speaker is supposing; in the third, he is saying he is quite sure.

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    Re: the usage of "would" No.4

    Hello.

    Could the word '(to) know' in the first two sentences mean 'to recognize', and the one in the third 'to be familiar with'?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 17-Feb-2014 at 14:19.

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    Re: the usage of "would" No.4

    It could mean to recognize, in some situations.

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    Re: the usage of "would" No.4

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    In the first two, the speaker is supposing; in the third, he is saying he is quite sure.
    So Can I rank the levels of certainty this way: "You don't know him" is greater than "You won't know him" is greater than "You wouldn't know him"?

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    Re: the usage of "would" No.4

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    So Can I rank the levels of certainty this way: "You don't know him" is greater than "You won't know him" is greater than "You wouldn't know him"?
    No. The context determines the level of certainty. That's not a function of "don't, won't, and wouldn't" by themselves.
    In fact, I can't see why A saying to B "You don't him" is any less supposition than "You wouldn't know him".

    In this conversation, the certainty of Jane's not knowing him cannot be ranked:
    Mary: "There's a new man in my life."
    Jane: "Really? Who is it?"
    Mary:
    1. "Oh, you don't him."
    2. "Oh, you wouldn't know him."
    3. "Oh, you won't know him."

    In another context there might be a difference.

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