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    Question Could somebody please help me??

    Hi,i hate to ask this question again but since nobody replied to my post last time,im giving it another shot.
    i've had this problem for sometime now ,could anyone please help me?

    look,i know that 'would' is used as the past form of will,
    i've interpreted from movies that would may also be used instead of will if the result is impossible or if the action/state wont happen like:
    i would never go there.
    why would i do that?
    1st question:is this correct?
    2nd:should i use 'will' only for the actions that will happen in future?or can i use would too?
    3rd:should i use would in all questions?
    4th:can i use would for polite requests too?
    Many thanks in advance.
    sam


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    Re: Could somebody please help me??

    Quote Originally Posted by Samizmr View Post
    Hi,i hate to ask this question again but since nobody replied to my post last time,im giving it another shot.
    i've had this problem for sometime now ,could anyone please help me?

    look,i know that 'would' is used as the past form of will,
    i've interpreted from movies that would may also be used instead of will if the result is impossible or if the action/state wont happen like:
    i would never go there.
    why would i do that?
    1st question:is this correct?

    Yes.

    Examples:

    • If he were an actor, he would be in adventure movies. conditional
    • I knew that she would be very successful in her career. past of "will"

    ENGLISH PAGE - Would


    2nd:should i use 'will' only for the actions that will happen in future?or can i use would too?

    The second conditional uses would and is often thought to exhibit a future (although mostly hugely improbable) reference, but you would use Will to express predictions, calculations and on the spot decisions; in other words, you would use will to speak about things which have a much stronger basis in reality.

    Put simply, something that will happen is probably going to occur, whereas something that would happen is probably subject to a condition and could very well not happen. It is a matter of context, but these guidelines apply to a lot of examples.


    3rd:should i use would in all questions?
    4th:can i use would for polite requests too?

    Yes, we use would instead of will because it is considered more polite: it seems less direct.

    Many thanks in advance.
    sam
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    Re: Could somebody please help me??

    1. Yes, your understanding is correct.

    2.You can use both for future.
    Use "will" when you know the events will actually happen in the future. Of course, nobody knows the future, but to express your certainty of something happening, use "will."

    "It will be a hot summer this year."
    "We will go to Europe the summer."
    Use "would" when you desire for something to happen in the future (or the present like you said), but there is a big obstacle preventing it.

    "We would go to Europe this summer, but it seems Ted will be too busy with his job."
    "He would promote Ricky to manager next year, but all the employees are telling him not to."
    3. No, questions can use all the auxillary verbs (can, could, will, would, shall, should, do/did, am/is/are/was/were, have/had,...)

    Can you read 200 pages in one night?
    Could you read 200 pages a night when you were my age?
    Will she be coming to dinner?
    Would you find me my jacket please?
    Shall we dance?
    Should I go or should I stay?
    Do you know the President personally?
    Did you know the President personally?
    Am I good looking?
    Is he okay?
    Are you hungry?
    Was that Lisa on the phone? (that is the subject, not you)
    Were they at home?
    Have you eaten dinner?
    Had you met before?
    4. Yes. "Would" is used in polite requests, too
    "Would you like another cup of coffee?" (Present tense)
    "Would you be so kind to pass the salt, please?" (Present tense)

    With that said, good observations!

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