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    • Join Date: Jul 2005
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    #1

    would

    Hi,

    could you please explain the difference between the following sentences:

    It would appear that the information contained therein would satisfy our requirements.

    It appears that the information contained therein satisfy our requirements.

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka


    • Join Date: Mar 2006
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    #2

    Post Re: would

    would is used to refer to a situation that you can imagine happening


    the second sentence is more definite

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    #3

    Re: would

    The first establishes a distance between the writer and the facts, so that it doesn't actually confirm the fact, so if things later turn out wrong, the writer hasn't committed himself or herself. Foramal language often uses modals in this way to avoid being very direct.
    PS In the second, it should be 'satifies'.

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