Will and would

Mainly, would is preferred to express request, desire, imagination, and beliefs. Besides, in the second and third conditional sentence, its role is vital. On the other hand, “Will” is used to express offers, likelihood, future tense, and conditions. Let’s see will and would in detail.

For desire–I would like to….

•I would like to live in a world where poverty is totally absent.

•We would like to visit Antarctica.

• You know my goal. I would like to become a leader.

In this way, you can express your desire. It is like desire-driven imagination.

Difference between I would like to and I want to…

Here, ‘I want to’ isn’t look like desire, it sounds like an order. On the other hand, I ‘would like to’ is more suitable to express desire.

This is the reason why people generally use ‘I would like to’ instead ‘I want to.’ to express desires.

For polite request–would you..

Some useful examples :–

•Would you please help me to carry this luggage?

•Would you like to have some fruits in breakfast ?

•Would you write an application for me ?•Would you support me in this election ?

Would you and could you…

Could is used only for request, whereas would is preferred to express polite request.

•Could you solve this problem ?

Would you solve this problem ?

In these examples, second one is more polite and earlier.

Correct use of would in the conditional sentences.

We express many imaginative conditions that we cannot reverse but with  present sense for satisfaction. Like earlier mentioned examples:-

•If I were a police officer, I would finish total crime.

•If I were a rich person, I would help poor children.

This is different condition compare to present realistic imagination. In the present imagination, you are in the position to realize your dreams, but in the past imagination, your are in the present but imagining about past to correct present.

In the past imagination, you are imagining about your inabilities to recorrect present because you haven’t done better in the past. You didn’t get confused with third conditional sentences in which both conditions express past missed chance.

Missed opportunity With “would have”

In the third conditional sentences, you are imagining about past inabilities, as well as past opportunity to correct. As an example, “If you were the member of football world cup team and due to poor practice, you lost an opportunity to win the title, then in such scenario, you would imagine like:-

•If we had practiced persistently, we would have won the title.

•If we had made a little more effort; we would have the world champion.

But, in reality you neither practiced nor won the title. It is only part of expressing regret about past mistakes or missed opportunities.

To express beliefs…

It is used to believe something which isn’t true.

•We assumed that we would not be there on time.

•I thought that it would not rain. Or I thought that it would rain.

•They thought that he would be absent.

This is like believe something, but not imagination. Let’s see the use of ‘would and would have’ in the imaginative sentences.

There are two types of imagination in the conditional sentences. One is realistic, whereas other is unrealistic. Would and would have are used in the unrealistic imagination and missed opportunity.

Use of will as a modal auxiliary

Will is used to make certain prediction, determination, and promises. But, for request, would and could are preferred in place of will.


•It will not rain tomorrow.

•I think our office will remain closed on the eve of festival.

•This is very tough time. In future, situation will become more difficult.

Promise and determination

•Don’t worry. I will take care of your responsibilities. I will not let you down.

•We will fight till the last moment. I am sure that we will not loose the game.

These are some examples of will as a modal auxiliary. Hope, this resource will prove useful for you.

Linking and helping auxiliary verbs

Conjunction of time and condition

Adversative coordinating conjunctions

Argument and critical thinking

Elements of argument