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    Red face I will/would not

    If someone asks me "Would you give me your bike?", which one of the following will be the usual reply?

    1- No, I won't give you my bike.

    2- No, I wouldn't give you my bike.

    My question is should I be using 'would' to reply as the question is asked with 'would'?

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    Re: I will/would not

    Say, "I won't".
    Asking "Would you ..." is merely a polite way of asking "Will you..." (in this context).

    Lame Joke:
    John: Would you marry me?
    Mary: No, I wouldn't.
    John: Then I guess there's be no point asking you.

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    Re: I will/would not

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post
    which one of the following will be the usual reply?
    Neither, as Raymott has pointed out above.

    A more polite (and thus likely) response might be:

    No, I'm afraid I can't. I'm cycling to town in the afternoon.

    or
    I wish I could, but I actually need it this evening.

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