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    Would be/ will be fine

    Hi,

    Please refer to the following dialogue. I don't understand why Thomas is using 'would be fine' instead of 'will be fine'. Is he not sure whether he would get the appointment?

    Thomas: I was wondering if I could get an appointment. I have a tooth that has been bothering me for a while.
    Receptionist: Well, if you are free this afternoon, we have had a cancellation for three 'o' clock.
    Thomas: That would be fine.

    Thanks,

    MG.

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    Re: Would be/ will be fine

    He is answering in a polite way and not talking about the future. Hence "will be" is less suitable while "would be" is fine.
    But I am not a teacher.
    Last edited by Kraken; 02-Jul-2008 at 07:01. Reason: second thought


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    Re: Would be/ will be fine

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Please refer to the following dialogue. I don't understand why Thomas is using 'would be fine' instead of 'will be fine'. Is he not sure whether he would get the appointment?

    Thomas: I was wondering if I could get an appointment. I have a tooth that has been bothering me for a while.
    Receptionist: Well, if you are free this afternoon, we have had a cancellation for three 'o' clock.
    Thomas: That would be fine.
    Thomas could answer with either "will be fine" or "would be fine". Both say, "I'm certain that will work". Using 'would' just makes it more polite, less demanding, more gracious, ...

    That'll be fine.

    That will be fine.

    That'd be fine.

    That would be fine.

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