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    #11

    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    How about using "That would be" instead of "I'll be" or "I'll be being"?

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    #12

    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    Try:

    I can't say it. I'd be lying to you.
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    #13

    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    Your sentences present a perfect context for saying "should".

    I can't say it. I should be lying if I did. I should make a fool of you. I should be unfair.

    The "would" is quite correct in contemporary English. "Would", however, retains just enough of its original meaning of intent to leave it ever so slightly incongruous here. "Should" properly conveys the -- unwelcome -- necessary consequence. If you are uncomfortable with should, contract it to " 'd".
    Last edited by abaka; 25-Aug-2019 at 21:54.
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    #14

    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    "Would", however, retains just enough of its original meaning of intent to leave it ever so slightly incongruous here. "Should" properly conveys the -- unwelcome -- necessary consequence. If you are uncomfortable with should, contract it to " 'd".
    Because of my formal education decades ago, it's possible that I'd use 'should' in those sentences, but I doubt if any speakers of BrE feel these days the difference in meaning you note

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    #15

    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Because of my formal education decades ago, it's possible that I'd use 'should' in those sentences, but I doubt if any speakers of BrE feel these days the difference in meaning you note
    That goes for speakers of AmE as well. Abaka is right that the distinction would be useful, but it is a distinction that people no longer make or even understand.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Aug-2019 at 23:05. Reason: Typos

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    #16

    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Because of my formal education decades ago, it's possible that I'd use 'should' in those sentences, but I doubt if any speakers of BrE feel these days the difference in meaning you note
    This applies doubly to speakers of American English. Only would is natural.
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    #17

    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Because of my formal education decades ago, it's possible that I'd use 'should' in those sentences, but I doubt if any speakers of BrE feel these days the difference in meaning you note
    That's why I suggested contracting it.
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    #18

    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    I see little point in pointing out the benefit of using 'should', and then suggesting contraction. I would hazard a guess that well over 98% of native speakers would intend and interpret the contraction to be of 'would'.

    As a (former) teacher, I prefer to see the language as it is, not how I might like it to be.
    Last edited by probus; 26-Aug-2019 at 10:47. Reason: Fix typo

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    #19

    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Because of my formal education decades ago, it's possible that I'd use 'should' in those sentences, but I doubt if any speakers of BrE feel these days the difference in meaning you note
    I was never taught the distinction. I do, however, recall my late grandfather (born in 1921) using "should" in places where I use "would". For example, when ordering in a restaurant, he used to say "I should like the vegetable soup please". I've never used it in that way.

    I can say with 100% certainty that I had never considered the idea that "I'd" could be a contraction of "I should". I have only ever read it as "I would" or "I had".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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