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Difference Between Would and Will

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In English there is a significant difference between the uses of would and will. Knowing when to use the terms correctly is an important part of mastering the English language.

Will and would are both types of auxiliary verbs that are known as modal verbs. Other modal verbs include: could, shall, might, may, can, ought to and must. Modal verbs don’t really have any meaning on their own, but act as helpers to give further meaning to other verbs.

Will is a definite statement, which means that you use it when you are certain that the future action is going to take place. For example: ‘I will go and collect the mail in the morning’. When you use will you or the subject executing the future action is committed to it being carried out.

The modal verb will can be used to talk about quick decisions, promises, offers and a likely prediction. For example: ‘I think I will take the bus instead of walking.’ instant decision; ‘I’ll get the dog washed tomorrow.’ promise; ‘I will help you with your homework after dinner.’ offers and ‘I’ll bet she spent a lot of money on that dress.’ likely predictions.

Will is also used as a first conditional, which is used for cause and effect in situations that are not changeable. For example: ‘If it rains, you will get wet,’ or ‘If you are late to work, you will get in trouble.’

Would is an English modal verb and has many different uses, which include: invitations, requests, asking permission, talking about preferences and making arrangements. For example: ‘Would you like to come to the party on Saturday?’ is an invitation; ‘Would you be able to post this parcel for me?’ is a request; ‘Would I be able to leave early today?’ is asking permission; ‘Would you like steak or chicken for dinner?’ or ‘I would prefer to eat ice cream’ are both examples of talking about preferences and ‘Would Friday at 8pm suit you?’ or ‘Saturday at 6pm would suit me.’ are ways to make arrangements using would.

Would is also used in second and third conditional statements, which are used to talk about imaginary or unlikely situations. For example: ‘If I knew where he lived, I would visit him,’ Is a second conditional statement. An example of a third conditional statement is thus: ‘If I had known about the party earlier, I would have gone.’ This is used to express an imaginary situation that took place in the past.

Summary:
1.Would and will are both auxiliary modal verbs.
2.Will is used to talk about definite future actions.
3.Will is used to talk about: quick decisions, promises, offers and a likely prediction
4.Would is used to talk about: invitations, requests, asking permission, talking about preferences and making arrangements.
Both will and would can be used in conditional statements.


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38 Comments

  1. Would or Will

    The definitions provided were helpful. However, I have an additional question regarding the usage of would or will. Which sentence is correct in responding to the question “Would you recommend this book to others?”

    Response: I will recommend this book to others or I would recommend this book to others and why.

    Thank you.

    • Brenda,

      Both are correct depending on what you are trying to say:

      If the question is: “Would you recommend this book to others?” (i.e please can you pass on the message and recommend this to others members of a group) the response would be “I will…”

      If however the question is: “Would you recommend this book to others?” (i.e did you like this book and if having a general chat about books at some time in the future would you mention it) the response would be “I would”.

      It depends on how certain it is that you are going to do the thing.

  2. Hi Saket,
    Here is a difference between “will” & “would” …that we were talking of…!

    - Rahul Phadke.

  3. @Brenda

    Both responses would be correct, however the norm is to use ‘would’. I will denotes a strong feeling of excitement that you are definitely going to recommend the book because you enjoyed it that much. I would is more of a statement, if someone asks you then you would recommend the book. ‘Will’ is also used as stated above, a kind of promise in a way.

    Both are correct but I would find myself using I would instead of I will.

    I hope this helps.

    Darren

  4. would u please tell me the diffrences&usages of Get&make?

    • hmm.. eow srinu…. ur sentence is right but not appropriate wen it comes in using words… use could instead of would….

  5. Hello there,i do not agree that ”will” is a definite statement.What if my sentence is ‘Will you marry me?’How would that be a definite statement?Please specify.

  6. can you give the difference between will and would in tabular form or serial number wise. Because it is very easy to understand the difference in these two case.

  7. hello all,

    plz help me which one is correct,

    “We hope that everything will be alright?” or “We hope that everything would be alright?”

    • Both sentences are correct. The first one indicates sureness or something certain is going to happen while the second line is a statement of one’s expectations of the future.

      • only the first is correct. If you are uncertain enough to use would, you must also use the past tense of hope. “We hoped everything would be okay” There is still a lot of confusion in this forum, when it comes to conditional sentences. ie:
        I will be coming to visit (no conditions – certain)
        I will be coming to visit if it doesn’t rain (conditions, but with real chances of them being met)
        I would come visit if I had the money (conditions will not likely be met)
        I would be coming to visit if I hadn’t wrecked my car. (we already know conditions can not be met)
        Hope this helps.

  8. Wow. It’s so helpful that I’m very happy.

    Because I’m suffering from this problem seriously for a long time.

    Very very very thanks!

  9. You stated this as an example:

    “If I had know about the party earlier, I would have gone.”

    I think the correct grammar is:

    “If I had KNOWN about the party earlier, I would have gone.”

    Nice information about will vs. would on this page, though.

  10. Amassing. Really good to be cleared on this.
    Thanks to ya’all.

  11. it helps me alot ;) thank you guys. because i was having hard time with these two words.

  12. still i do not understand why?????????

  13. Please tel me the differnce between these two sentences…
    ” i wil be coming tomrw” & ” i would be coming tmrw”
    anybody pls explain….

    • ” I will be coming tomorrow ” means that you are coming tomorrow for sure come what may .
      But “I would be coming tomorrow ” means that you will come tomorrow only when if some condition is met . For example ” I would be coming tomorrow only if doesn’t rain “

  14. plz help me in understanding these words as i am very confused of them

    what would indicates, is it past or present or what?

    all the examples above does not tell me exactly what is would?

  15. i will recommed this book to others.
    i hope the above is right?

  16. thanks it really help me to understand the difference ! i have already study this but i didnt remember it! thanks again for this!

  17. Nice one guys! U̶̲̥̅̊’ve rily cleared M̶̲̥̅γ̲̣̣̥ doubts on the proper usage of would Ãήϑ will. I will like to say a very big thank Ÿ̲̣̣̣̥ø̲̣̣̥u̶̲̥̅̊. Hope it’s correct???…..

  18. would you plz help me out…
    which one is correct
    i would love to say this to my man
    OR
    i will love to say this to my man
    em damn confusrd…=(

  19. Plz help me out guys:

    which one is correct??
    Now when our new Director has joined, I would like to understand if we can continue getting time sheets approved by him or Manager would/will?? do that.

  20. As grammar aficionados, be careful. This sentence you used is incorrect:

    When you use will you or the subject executing the future action is committed to it being carried out

    “Being” is a gerund (noun) so it should “itS being carried out” so show possession.

  21. sir,
    which is correct

    Minister would arrange everything here on Monday
    minister will arrange everything here on Monday.

    • First: Remember to say “The resignation letter . . . ”
      And yes, I agree that “You will receive the resignation letter . . . ”
      is better than “The letter will be received . . . ”
      TS

  22. I thnk ‘would’ is the correct 1 cuz u dont noe whether the minister will arrange everything or nt so by using would u assure him that minister will arrange everything….hope ths helps….

  23. This explanation has totally cleared my concept about the usage on ‘will’ and ‘would’ in English. Thank you very much.

  24. Resignation Letter you will be received on tomorrow.
    The resignation letter would be received by you tomorrow.

    which one is correct ? pls advise..

  25. Excuse me. My questions is the following.
    Can I make questions with the auxiliary “WILL”?
    For example, Will you go to church? Or I have to switch to “WOULD” instead of “will” … It’s for teaching the future with “WILL”. Thanks.

  26. I don’t understand where whould have been put in making the sentence

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