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    "wouldn't" vs "won't"

    Hi there

    In news reports we always come across the following sentences and I am eager to know the difference. Thank you so much!

    1) Mr.Lee wouldn't comment on the corruption scandal.
    2) Mr.Lee won't comment on the corruption scandal.

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    Smile Re: "wouldn't" vs "won't"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kai Cheng
    Hi there
    In news reports we always come across the following sentences and I am eager to know the difference. Thank you so much!
    1) Mr.Lee wouldn't comment on the corruption scandal.
    2) Mr.Lee won't comment on the corruption scandal.
    ...wouldn't comment... = ...didn't want to/wasn't willing to comment...
    ...won't comment... = ...doesn't want to/isn't willing to comment...
    That's what I used to be taught.

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    Re: "wouldn't" vs "won't"

    Correct, engee. In this case, "will" (or "won't") is simply the present tense, and "would" is simply the past tense.


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    Re: "wouldn't" vs "won't"

    hmm... I don't get it... if you say that "won't" is the present tense... I mean, how can you say that "won't" is the present tense ? It's the future simple tense...

    ps. do we say "If you say that..." or rather "If you're saying..."

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    Wink Re: "wouldn't" vs "won't"

    won't + verb is not only used to talk about the future; the most important thing is that will is the modal verb and all modal verbs can express different attitudes of different people towards different situations.

    If you say (= express an opinion) that...
    If you're saying (= speaking or telling somebody something) that...

    To be honest with you, I can't see much difference between these two expressions. But maybe I am wrong. Who knows.

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