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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 3:06:33 AM
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Would he always be like this?

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If we replace "would" with "will", what would the sentence mean and be still grammatically correct?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 3:41:55 AM

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Gosh - this is a difficult one.

Really, the two sentences ask the same question - but they are used in different ways.

"Will he always be like this?" is the ordinary question you would ask someone - and they will answer "Yes" or "No" (or maybe give an explanation).

"Would he always be like this?" uses the form 'would' to show that it is more subjective - a thought or idea, rather than a real communication to someone.

He asked "Will he always be like this?" and she said "Yes."
He wondered to himself - would he always be like this?


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It could also be part of a sentence - "'Would he always be like this' was the question on everyone's mind."

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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 8:52:48 AM
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