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What Makes "Will" Different from "Would"?

Will versus Would?


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All about “Would”

• Would is a modal that is being applied in arrangements: ‘Would Tuesday at 9am suit you?’
• Preferences: ‘I would prefer to drink that chocolate shake than the strawberry flavored one.’
• Asking permissions: ‘Would I be able to come to my friend’s debut tonight?’
• Requests: ‘Would you check my email for me?’
• Invitations. ‘Would you like to attend my pool party this weekend?’
• It is applied in 2nd conditional sentences as well to express scenarios that are imaginary or unlikely to happen. For example: “If I knew his phone number, I would call him.”
• It is also applies in 3rd conditional sentences to convey past imaginary scenarios. For example: “If I have known about his true colors earlier, I would have avoided him.”

All about “Will”

• Will is a modal that is applied in concrete statements.
• You only use it with the things that you really intend to do. For example: “I will read the newspaper tomorrow.”
• Don’t use this modal in a sentence if you don’t plan to carry out the task in the first place.
• Will is used in cause and effect statements as well. However, the sentences need to state a fact for you to be able to use the modal “will”. For example: “If it floods tomorrow, you will not be able to go to work.”
• On the other hand, “will” is also being applied in likely predictions: ‘I’ll bet that he spent almost half of his salary on that new phone.”
• Offers: ‘I will assist you with your final project after I’m done with mine.’
• Promises: ‘I will treat you to dinner tomorrow night.’
• Instant decisions: ‘I think I will climb the stairs today instead of taking the elevator.’

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