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    #1

    will vs would

    Hi,

    "I know lots of people hate the smell of durian. But here is the tricky part: If you smell it at a very close distance, it actually won't smell as bad as you think."

    "I know lots of people............................................ ....................................If........smel led......................................, it.............wouldn't........."

    I know both versions are acceptable, so do native speakers use them interchangeably with no discretion?


    Thank you!

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    Re: will vs would

    In the first sentence, the writer sees the possibility of the reader smelling durian as real, In the second, s/he is presenting a more hypothetical situation.

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    Re: will vs would

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    In the first sentence, the writer sees the possibility of the reader smelling durian as real, In the second, s/he is presenting a more hypothetical situation.
    So do you distinguish these two forms when you are trying to express ideas like that?

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    Re: will vs would

    Yes- I live in a country where durian is on sale everywhere, so there's a good chance of smelling it. I would, therefore, use the first sentence when talking here.

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    #5

    Re: will vs would

    However, I have never smelt durian, and possible never will, so Tdol would use the second if he spoke to me.

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    #6

    Re: will vs would

    It's a beautiful smell, though many can't stand it.

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