Friday, July 5, 2013

"Would" and "Will"

"Will" indicates the future positive, for example, "he will go to work tomorrow".

"Would" indicates the future conditional, for example, "he would go to work tomorrow, but he will not go to work because tomorrow is a public holiday".

Don't use "would" instead of "will" if you know something is going to happen.

Using "would" suggests that it will not happen, but would have happened if conditions had been different.

I am aware that in some places, like Hong Kong, learners are taught to use "would" as a future positive.

It is, nevertheless, quite wrong.

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