Will and Would
In case you have any doubts or insecurities about using “will” and “would”, read this post to clear things out.
- Use “will” to talk about the future:
I’ll meet you on Sunday.
- Use “will” to say what you think will happen in the future:
I think Peter will be a great pianist. He’s so talented.
- Use “will” for promises:
I promise I will make it up to you.
- Use “will” for offers and requests:
I’ll lend you my car if you want.
This bag is too heavy. Will you help me, please?
- Use will in the first conditional:
I’ll make dinner if you do the dishes.
- Use “would” as a past form of “will”:
Brian said that he would help me. (in direct speech: Brian said, “I will help you”)
- Use “would” for offers and requests.
“Would you like some lemonade?“
“Would you please calm down?”
- Use “would” in the conditional sentences:
If I had a computer, I would type it myself.
If I had known you were coming I would have made a special dinner.
- Use “would” in phrases such as:
“Would you mind if I turned off the heating? It’s so hot in here.“
“Would you open the window, please?“
Would you like to join us on Saturday? We’re having a picnic.
I’d rather stay at home than travel all the way to Longleat on Sunday.
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