use of modals and conditionals

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Dear Sir/Mdm,

I am very confused about the use of would and will.
Eg. If i could travel back to time, I would like to go back to the Jurassic Period. In cases like this where 'if' is used, is 'would' appropriate and how should i explain to my sister about this? How about will? When can i use it?

similarly, i am confused about could and can, might and may, should and shall.
 

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Micki said:
Dear Sir/Mdm,

I am very confused about the use of would and will.
Eg. If i could travel back to time, I would like to go back to the Jurassic Period. In cases like this where 'if' is used, is 'would' appropriate and how should i explain to my sister about this? How about will? When can i use it?

similarly, i am confused about could and can, might and may, should and shall.

Modals are very confusing. Much of that is due to their use for different meanings in different constructions. A good place to start is a good standard dictionary. Look up each form and study the lists of different uses. Usually, an example or two is also given.

Try www.dictionary.com
 
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