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    #1

    would/will

    1. A great man or woman would never fit in, because they stand out.
    2. A great man or woman never fit in, because they stand out.
    3. A great man or woman will never fit in, because they stand out.
    What are the differences in meaning?
    Last edited by shibli.aftab; 22-Dec-2014 at 22:44.

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    #2

    Re: would/will

    The first sentence posits that the existence of a great man or woman is hypothetical. The second sentence says that a great man or woman will never fit into society because they are too different.

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    #3

    Re: would/will

    Your second sentence needs "fits" as the verb. The subject is singular because of "or".

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    #4

    Re: would/will

    "1. A great man or woman would never fit in, because they stand out."

    I think it sounds better to write this sentence as follows:

    "A great man or woman would never fit in, because they would stand out."

    This makes both clauses hypothetical.

    'They' is often used to represent the singular form in everyday speech.

    I interpret all three sentences as having the same meaning.

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    #5

    Red face Re: would/will

    Here's a semi-related question about WOULD. I'm annoyed by the common statement, "We would like to thank you for... (for whatever)."

    Am I wrong? I think I'm annoyed because I feel like waiting for the *IF* or *BUT* clause to follow. For instance, "I would like to thank you for you contribution, if you would only listen." Or "We would like to thank you, but we've resisted the temptation."

    Am I too sensitive? There's no doubt that this vague usage of WOULD is all too common, right?

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    #6

    Re: would/will

    Yes, you are too sensitive. That is a very common construction in English. You will just have to get used to it.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 24-Dec-2014 at 23:17. Reason: duplicate word

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    #7

    Re: would/will

    I believe that Mike and I are both right, but the OP edited the post after I responded to it.

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