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    Talking about talking ("Would" and "Will")

    B,' He will never do anything that goes against his conscience.'
    'He would never do anything that goes against his conscience.'

    The second sentence refers to the future action as the first sentence, not in the past or in the present? Please.
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    #2

    re: Talking about talking ("Would" and "Will")

    Hi puzzle

    As a Brit, but not a teacher, I would read the 1st sentence as referring to potential future actions, but the 2nd sentence as being time independent.

    If a person were to be "accused" of a particular action either in the past, or considering it in the future, then a supporter might say that it couldn't possibly be true as: 'He would never do anything that goes against his conscience.' (i.e. either in the past or future).

    Hope this helps
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    Re: Talking about talking ("Would" and "Will")

    Puzzle, do you think you've got it yet? Do you still have questions?



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    Re: Talking about talking ("Would" and "Will")

    'He would never do anything that goes against his conscience.'

    'He would never do anything that went against his conscience.'

    Both sentences exactly mean the same, right?

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    Re: Talking about talking ("Would" and "Will")

    Any comments?


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    Re: Talking about talking ("Would" and "Will")

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    '[COLOR=blue]He would never do anything that goes against his conscience.'

    'He would never do anything that went against his conscience.'

    Both sentences exactly mean the same, right?
    Both mean the same thing yes, but when they're used depends on the situation, the context, Puzzle.

    'He will never do anything that goes against his conscience.'

    'He would never do anything that goes against his conscience.'

    'He would never do anything that went against his conscience.'

    'He will never do anything that went against his conscience.'

    All four have the same meaning but all will/can/could/would be used in slightly different or greatly different circumstances.

    Remember the scale that goes from,

    REALITY --------------------------------------------------NON-REALITY

    As the feelings of native speakers move one way or the other, we move one way or the other with our word choice. When we feel that we are speaking about an issue that is completely hypothetical we move to the right and we use hypothetical language, past tense and historical past tense FORMS.

    When we feel that the situation is a mix of hypothetical and more reality we mix conditionals.

    Note the use of the underlined modals, above. In this, I'm sitting squarely in the middle of the scale and I can use any of the four modals. Certain situations just happen to fall on certain areas of the scale.

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    Re: Talking about talking ("Would" and "Will")

    I appreciate it!

    One more question:
    A,' Have you called her yet?'
    B,' I think I would call her tomorrow.'

    I was told that "would" is wrong here. why? Please.


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    Re: Talking about talking ("Would" and "Will")

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    I appreciate it!

    One more question:
    A,' Have you called her yet?'
    B,' I think I would call her tomorrow.'

    I was told that "would" is wrong here. why? Please.
    It's not wrong, Puzzle. It just expresses that the speaker is in a state of greater doubt.

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    Re: Will and Would

    puzzle
    Apart from being different in tenses, 'will' and 'would' also express the
    certainty of doing something.

    will (certain) <---------> would (uncertain)

    not at teacher

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