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    Can "I would never do that" be used

    Can "I would never do that" be used in place of "I never do that"? Would the usage of "would" change the meaning, or is it superfluous, or is it okay but not natural?

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    #2

    Re: Can "I would never do that" be used

    You can substitute one for the other, but they don't mean the same thing.

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    Re: Can "I would never do that" be used

    Why is your PS not in your signature line?

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    Re: Can "I would never do that" be used

    This thread was posted on 5th November whereas I was instructed on 7th Nov. It just was left unanswered for over 10 days.

    Just for your reference 4th post in this page: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...75#post1280875

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    Re: Can "I would never do that" be used

    Fair enough; I didn't notice that.

    'I never do that' is a simple statement of fact. Eg, 'I never eat Marmite'.

    'I would never do that' excludes the possibility of doing something whatever the circumstances. Eg, 'I would never eat Marmite even if my life depended on it'.

    Of course, there is a get-out clause: 'I would never eat Marmite unless my life depended on it.'

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    Re: Can "I would never do that" be used

    Are both "It just was left unanswered for..." in post #4 and "It was just left unanswered for..." correct and mean exactly same?
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    Re: Can "I would never do that" be used

    "Just" has no logical place in that sentence, regardless of its position.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can "I would never do that" be used

    'Just' can be replaced with 'already'.
    It has already been left unanswered for over 10 days.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Can "I would never do that" be used

    I wanted to convey "The reason why you may not have noticed is that it was answered after a long time" by telling "It's just that it was left unanswered for ..." and still contracted it by the sentence I posted in post#4, "It just was left unanswered for... Is it incorrect?
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    Re: Can "I would never do that" be used

    This is just because it was left unanswered for over 10 days.
    I am not a teacher.

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