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    Unhappy What is the meaning of "I would Say that :"

    What is the meaning of "I would Say that :"

    Is it as same as : As i think : or As i wish: ??

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    Re: What is the meaning of "I would Say that :"

    Hello Mr. Joe.
    Welcome to Using English.

    I say this all the time. It's a polite form. It's less direct, and therefore "softer."

    You can think of this as "If you wanted to know my thoughts on it, I would say..." or "If I were in this situation, the way I would say ..."

    English has a lot of this: "I would like..." vs. "I want..." or "Could you please tell me the time" instead of "What time is it?"
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "I would Say that :"

    Dear Bard, thanks for replying, by the way i want to know does "I would say" make a little uncertainty feeling ?

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    Re: What is the meaning of "I would Say that :"

    Yes, it can cause the hearer to believe that the speaker is a little uncertain. But it doesn't necessarily mean that, as Barb has explained.

    If you're going to use people's names, try to get them right. You also need to capitalise 'I' every time you use it.

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