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    I will play

    I will play.

    I understand this is simple future tense. My doubt is if I replace "will "with "would", then still it would be simple future tense.

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    Re: I will play

    No, it wouldn't.
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    Re: I will play

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, it wouldn't.
    Can you please help to understand difference between following sentences and what type of sentence is the 2nd one (like 1st one is simple future tense)?

    1) I will play.

    2) I would play.

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    Re: I will play

    While some student grammars still refer to will + bare infinitive as 'the future tense', most grammarians today think of will as a modal verb that can convey a number of meanings, such as volition, certainty, instant decision, etc. This construction is one of many ways of expressing the future in English.

    Would is also a modal verb. it can function as the past-tense form of will and can express situations such as past habits, and hypothetical events.

    It is not possible to cover all the meanings of these two modals in one post - or even in one thread. If you have questions about the meanings of these two modals in individual sentences, please post the sentences for us to look at.
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    Re: I will play

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    2) I would play.
    What is your intended meaning? As a stand-alone sentence, it doesn't make much sense. It requires more context to know whether you're talking hypothetically, etc.

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    Re: I will play

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What is your intended meaning? As a stand-alone sentence, it doesn't make much sense. It requires more context to know whether you're talking hypothetically, etc.
    I would play in America.

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    Re: I will play

    What would you play in America?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I will play

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    What would you play in America?
    I would play cricket in America.

    I will play cricket in America.

    I want to understand what's the difference between these sentences.
    Also which tense is the first one.

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    Re: I will play

    A construction with 'would' is not a tense as such.

    "I would play cricket in America" is not a natural stand-alone sentence. It makes sense only in answer to a question about a hypothetical situation, for example "What would you do if you had a lot of free time and money?" Even then, it's an unlikely response - one does not normally associate playing cricket with America.

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    Is it possible to say 'I would play in a park instead of on a beach'?
    I am not a teacher.

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