would & will

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billy

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hi,

I got a question about the two expressions below :

1. I said I would think about it
2. I said I will think about it


Are there any differences between these two sentences above ?


I appreciate your help !
 

Casiopea

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billy said:
hi,

I got a question about the two expressions below :

1. I said I would think about it
2. I said I will think about it


Are there any differences between these two sentences above ?


I appreciate your help !

In terms of meaning, no; in terms of punctuation, yes. Sentence 2. needs punctuation,

2. I said, "I will think about it." (Direct speech; exact words)
1. I said I would think about it. (Indirect speech; reference to what was said (i.e., past tense would); not exact words)

if it's the case that would in 1. refers to a condition (e.g., I said I would look into it if they ask), then 1. is ambiguous. That is, would expresses two meanings: a) indirect speech (i.e., direct speech "I will" => indirect speech I would) or b) conditional (i.e., I would if...) :D
 
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