the awful will and would

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Casiopea

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gonghai said:
usually will in a sentence represent future?
and would represent past or present?

will can express willingness, intention, and prediction.

would can express willingness, insistence, customary, hypothetical, and probability

ccc.commnet said:
Uses of Will and Would
In certain contexts, will and would are virtually interchangeable, but there are differences. Notice that the contracted form 'll is very frequently used for will.

Will can be used to express willingness:

I'll wash the dishes if you dry.
We're going to the movies. Will you join us?
It can also express intention (especially in the first person):
I'll do my exercises later on.

and prediction:

specific: The meeting will be over soon.
timeless: Humidity will ruin my hairdo.
habitual: The river will overflow its banks every spring.

Would can also be used to express willingness:

Would you please take off your hat?
It can also express insistence (rather rare, and with a strong stress on the word "would"):

Now you've ruined everything. You would act that way.

and characteristic activity:

customary: After work, he would walk to his home in West Hartford.
typical (casual): She would cause the whole family to be late, every time.
In a main clause, would can express a hypothetical meaning:

My cocker spaniel would weigh a ton if I let her eat what she wants.
Finally, would can express a sense of probability:

I hear a whistle. That would be the five o'clock train.

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'Would'can also be used for past habits, like 'used to', but only for actions:

When he was younger, he would walk to schoolevery day.
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gonghai said:
usually will in a sentence represent future?
and would represent past or present?

What do you think of:

1. They will have arrived by now.

2. If you are gong to see him next week, I would like to come with you.
 

Francois

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Both are ok, though the 1st one seems to be BE only (Cf. your other thread on that topic).

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Tdol

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It does seem to trouble AE users. ;-)
 

gonghai

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thanks guys

well that will solve most of the problems i have with would and will
if i think of other prob i will post another reply

thanks cas and tdol
 
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