Uses of Will and Would
Uses of Will and Would :
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In certain contexts, will
are virtually interchangeable, but there are differences. Notice that the contracted form 'll
is very frequently used for will
can be used to express willingness:
I'll wash the dishes if you dry.
We're going to the movies. Will you join us?
It can also express intention (especially in the first person):
I'll do my exercises later on.
specific: The meeting will be over soon.
timeless: Humidity will ruin my hairdo.
habitual: The river will overflow its banks every spring.
can also be used to express willingness:
Would you please take off your hat?
It can also express insistence (rather rare, and with a strong stress on the word "would"):
Now you've ruined everything. You would act that way.
and characteristic activity:
customary: After work, he would walk to his home in West Hartford.
typical (casual): She would cause the whole family to be late, every time.
In a main clause, would
can express a hypothetical meaning:
My cocker spaniel would weigh a ton if I let her eat what she wants.
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Shall and Will and Should
Do, Does and Did
Have, Has and Had
Can and Could
May and Might
Will and Would
Finally, would can express a sense of probability:
I hear a whistle. That would be the five o'clock train.