Difference between would and will
Would vs will:
All verbs of the English language should be conjugated according to the subject itself. There are many different verbs in the English language which is why English grammar has become a rather confusing subject for students. The verb ‘to be’ is a particularly tricky one to deal with as it contains a large number of forms, each one being extremely different from the another. ‘Would’ and ‘will’ are two such forms of the verb ‘to be’ that students of English often tend to get confused between.
‘Would’ is an English modal verb which can be used in many contexts. ‘Would’ can be used for invitations, requests, asking permission, talking about preferences, making arrangements and etc. observe the following examples.
Would you like to accompany me for the awarding ceremony?
Would you be able to mark my attendance in case I was not able to?
Would I be able to leave early today?
I would prefer to have some pancakes for breakfast.
Would Saturday be convenient for you for a meeting?
The first sentence is an invitation as well as inquiring about a preference. The second sentence pertains to a request which is made very politely. The third is asking for permission while the fourth one is expressing one’s preference. The fifth sentence is making an arrangement at the same time, inquiring whether it is convenient for the person.
‘Will’ is an English modal word which can be used as a form of making quick decisions, promises, offers and a likely prediction. ‘Will’ is also the future form of the verb ‘to be’ and is thus used as an auxiliary in implying future tense. Observe the following examples.
I will go now instead of waiting till my father to arrive.
I will finish the work by tomorrow somehow.
It will rain tonight.
The first sentence implies a quick decision made at the spur of the moment to go instantly whereas the second sentence is a promise to finish the work somehow. The third sentence acts as a form of prediction of something that is likely to happen tonight. All three sentences can also be presented as future tense sentences as well.
‘Will’ can also be used as a first conditional, which is a tense that is used for cause and effect in situations that are not changeable. Observe the following sentence.
If you come late, the teacher will be angry.
If you get wet, you will be sick.
The above sentences imply certain things that will occur as a direct result of another incident. If the cause occurs, the outcome is highly likely to follow.
What is the difference between will and would?
‘Will’ and ‘would’ are both are auxiliary words which are also known as modal words. Modal words usually act as helpers to other verbs and do not really carry meanings of their own. Some examples for other modal words can be listed as could, shall, might, may, can, ought to and must.
However, ‘would’ and ‘will’ are also forms of the verb ‘to be’. While ‘would’ is the conditional form of ‘to be’, ‘will’ is used as the future tense of ‘to be’ as well as a first conditional. Let us look at the following examples.
If I had money, I would build a hospital for cancer affected children where they will be well looked after.
If mother gets late, I will cook dinner.
In the first sentence, ‘would’ is used in the conditional tense with the verb ‘to build’. In the second sentence, ‘will’ is used in the conditional along with the verb ‘to cook’. Therefore, both words are used as auxiliaries in these sentences. However, while ‘would’ is used in a conditional sense, ‘will’ on the other hand is used in the first conditional. The difference between these two sentences are that while the cause and effect is much more concrete in the second sentence, the cause and effect are much more vacillating in the first sentence. This means that the term ‘would’ gives a sense of uncertainty to a sentence whereas the term ‘will’ gives some certainty. With ‘will’, a certain phenomenon is definite to happen whereas with ‘would’, there is only a probability of something happening.
Another difference between the two would be that while ‘would’ is generally used for conveying an invitation, request, asking permission, talking about preferences, making arrangements and etc, ‘Will’ can be used for implying quick decisions, promises, offers and a likely prediction.
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