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Difference between Will and Would

Main Difference

Will and would are the modal verbs. Both are used as auxiliary verbs. They don’t have their own meaning but they add up to make other verbs or sentences meaning full. “Will” is used for the statements referring to the future, instant decision, request, promise, offer or condition. “Would” is past form of “will”, used for invitations, permissions, requests, preferences and arrangements.

Will

Will don’t has its own meaning but it is used with other others and sentences to make them meaningful. So it is a auxiliary verb known as  modal verb. “Will” is used for the statements referring to the definite actions, future, instant decision, request, promise, offer or condition. e.g. “I will go to school tomorrow”. Here will is used for definite actions. “I think, I will eat pizza instead of burger”. here will is used for instant decision.

Would

“Would” don’t has its own meaning but it is used with other others and sentences to make them meaningful. So it is a auxiliary verb known as  modal verb. “Would” is past form of “will”, used for invitations, permissions, requests, preferences and arrangements.  e.g. “I would prefer to go by air”. Here would is used for preference making. “Would I be able to come in”. Here would is used for taking permission.

Key Differences

  • Will is a used for definite actions, that are must going to take place in future while would is used for conditional actions, means unsure about taking place.
  • Would is the past form of will.
  • Will is used as a first conditional while would is used would is used in second or third conditional statements.
  • “If you are absent, you will be punished”. and “If I knew his address, I would visit him”.
  • Will is used in making promises while would is not used in making decisions.
  • Will is used in prediction making while would is not usually used in making predictions.
  • Would is used for making preferences while will is not usually used for making preferences.
  • Would is also used in taking permissions while will is not usually used in taking permissions.

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