peterkirk at qaya.org
Fri Sep 23 12:00:39 EDT 2005
On 23/09/2005 16:16, Vadim Cherny wrote:
>>>> You lecture me on the etymology of my language?
>>> Yep. Let me remind you that recently you rejected usage of "would"
>>> for future, and I provided you several examples of just such use,
>>> e.g., in polite or uncertain speech.
>> And I told you that these are not examples of future - although I
>> agree that "would" is used as a past form of "will" in reported
>> speech about the future.
> "in reported speech about future". That sounds like a future tense to me.
Yes, I accept that this use of "would" is future. None of the others are.
> "Would" is used instead of "will" to indicate extra politeness and
> less than certainty, isn't it?
No, usually "would like to" or similar is used instead of "will".
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