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Will or Would
Will and Would are both modal verbs.
Will is used in future structures.
Statement referring to the future - fact, timetable, etc.
-we'll (we will) have ice cream after dinner tonight
-it will be a nice day tomorrow
-the plane will leave at noon
-someone is at the door, I'll go and see who it is
-what will you order for lunch? I'll order fried rice
-will you tell your sister she is also invited?
-will you help me with the housework today?
Promise, offer, prediction.
-I will never forget you.
-can't you do your homework? Don't worry, I'll come and help you
-don't trust her, she will always tell you lies
-we'll go running this afternoon if it's not too windy
Would is the past form of will.
-the mechanic said he would fix the car tomorrow
-she promised she would call soon after work
-he hoped I would come to the party
Would refers to half-open or closed condition as an analogue of will.
-we would go sailing tomorrow if the weather was/were good. (half-open condition)
-we would have gone sailing tomorrow if the weather had been good. (closed condition)
When both will and would can be used, would is more polite.
-would you do me a favour, please?
-I'm hot here, would you mind opening the window?
Other examples with would.
-would you like a cold drink? (offer)
-I would like to have some butter on my toast. (request)
-I would like to live in the Seychelles very much. (wish)
-it's quite late, I would rather go to sleep than watch television. (preference)
-when we were young, we would play soccer every afternoon. (repeated action in the past)
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