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    Questions about "Will" & "Would"

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    A,'You were right; he didn't do (any) such (a) thing.' (add "any" or "such")
    B,' He will never do anything that goes against his conscience.'
    'He would never do anything that goes against his conscience.'

    Either will or would means the action in the future, right? Please.

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    re: Questions about "Will" & "Would"

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    Originally Posted by puzzle
    A,'You were right; he didn't do (any) such (a) thing.' (add "any" or "such")
    B,' He will never do anything that goes against his conscience.'
    'He would never do anything that goes against his conscience.'

    Either will or would means the action in the future, right? Please.
    Not necessarily. In fact, in this case, it's referring to an action in the past - whether he did something or not. Claiming that he would never do this thing in the future does not answer whether he did it in the past. So, "would" here refers to all time (He has never done it, he's not doing it now, and he won't ever do it in the future).

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    re: Questions about "Will" & "Would"

    What about "will" in this case? it simply means the future action?

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    re: Questions about "Will" & "Would"

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    Originally Posted by puzzle
    A,'You were right; he didn't do (any) such (a) thing.' (add "any" or "such")
    B,' He will never do anything that goes against his conscience.'
    'He would never do anything that goes against his conscience.'

    Either will or would means the action in the future, right? Please.
    No, "would" can refer to the past, present or future. "will" refers to the future.

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    re: Questions about "Will" & "Would"

    He would never do anything that went against his conscience.

    I. This sentence simply means the past action, but now he has changed to do things that goes against his conscience , right?

    II. Any difference between will and would when they refer to the future action?

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    Last edited by puzzle; 11-Jul-2008 at 05:51.

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    re: Questions about "Will" & "Would"

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    He would never do anything that went against his conscience.

    I. This sentence simply means the past action, but now he has changed to do things that goes against his conscience , right?

    II. Any difference between will and would when they refer to the future action?

    Please.
    1. "He would never do anything that went against his conscience" means essentially the same as "... that goes against his conscience". "Would" is the conditional here, not the sense of "He would go to work every day" habitual past. So he hasn't changed his ways at all.

    2. No, for the future they mean essentially the same.

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