‘Will’ and ‘would’. These two verbs cause a lot of confusion for
English learners. So, in this video, I’m going to clear up
that confusion for you. I will teach you the difference between these
two modal verbs, and I’ll show you how to use them correctly without making mistakes. As always, there is a quiz at the end to test
your understanding. Alright, there are three main differences
between ‘will’ and ‘would’. Let’s start with the most basic use of the
two verbs. We use the verb ‘will’ to talk about the
future. One very common use is to make a prediction,
or say what we expect to happen in the future. Take this sentence: We will be in Hong Kong
by 8 pm tomorrow. That means, we are traveling to Hong Kong
and I expect that if our flight is on time, we will be there by 8 o’ clock tomorrow
night. This next sentence also talks about the future
but it’s a little different. I’m not hungry, so I will just have an orange
juice. Imagine that you’re sitting in a restaurant
with a friend and you say this. Here, you’re not talking about the distant
future, you’re talking about the immediate future. In other words, here ‘will’ is used to
express a decision that you have made. We also use ‘will’ to make a promise to
someone: I’ll send you all the details by email. So, I’m promising to do something for you. OK, so that’s ‘will’. What about ‘would’? Well, ‘would’ is simply the past tense
form of ‘will’. So imagine that we didn’t reach Hong Kong
by 8 pm. Our flight was late. We only reached there at 2 in the morning. So then, we might look back at the past and
say: We thought we would be in Hong Kong by 8 pm. But that didn’t happen. We often use ‘would’ when we report a
past conversation – that is, we say what someone said in the past. For example: I wasn’t hungry, so I said
that I would just have an orange juice. It’s the same sentence that we saw with
‘will’, but changed to the past tense. And the last sentence becomes: She said she
would send me all the details by email. OK, now you know the basic use of ‘will’
and ‘would’. So let’s look at a more challenging use
of these two verbs. This is the area of most confusion for people,
and it is conditionals. That means sentences where you have a condition
and a result. For example: If it rains tomorrow, I’ll
bring my umbrella. That’s pretty easy. You see that I’m talking about something
I will do in the future (“I’ll bring my umbrella”), but only on one condition – “if
it rains.” Here’s another one: If Jared stops playing
video games, his grades will improve. What do you understand by that? Well, it means that Jared probably spends
a lot of time playing video games, so his grades are not very good. But if he stops playing video games, then
he can spend more time studying, and we expect that his grades will improve. In both of these sentences, we’ve used ‘will’. And that is because both of these are real
situations (these are both possible). This type of sentence is called the first
conditional. But sometimes, we want to talk about imaginary
or unreal situations. For example: If I had wings, I would fly all
over the world. Obviously, this is not possible. I can’t grow wings, so all I’m doing is
I’m using my imagination. Notice that we have used the past tense throughout
this sentence – ‘If I had wings,’ – ‘I would fly’. We’re not talking about the past, but this
past tense, including ‘would’, just shows that this is not real – it’s imaginary. Now, let’s go back to Jared and his video
game addiction. What if I said: If Jared stopped playing video
games, his grades would improve. It’s similar to the sentence with ‘will’,
but using the past tense (with ‘would’) just shows that I don’t think this is possible. Jared is not going to stop, he’s just going
to keep playing video games, and his grades are never going to improve. Remember, with ‘will’ it’s possible,
with ‘would’ it’s not possible, it’s imaginary. And this type of sentence is called the second
conditional. But there’s one more – the third conditional. This is used to talk about past conditions. Imagine that Jared had his exam, and as we
expected, his grades were poor. So then we can say: If Jared had stopped playing
video games, his grades would have improved. So here, we’re talking about a condition
in the past. Notice that we say ‘had stopped’ (this
is the past perfect tense) in the condition, and we use ‘would have’ in the result. Here’s one final example for you: If Nancy
had gone to law school, she would have become a lawyer. What does it mean? Did Nancy go to law school? No, her parents advised her to go to law school,
but she didn’t listen to them, so unfortunately, she didn’t become a lawyer. So you can see from these sentences that we
only use ‘will’ when we talk about real, possible situations. For imaginary conditionals, we use ‘would’. Now, I know that this topic can be a little
tricky, so I have full lessons just on conditionals to help you understand them. You will find the links in the description
below. OK, let’s now turn to the final difference
between ‘will’ and ‘would’ and that is in using polite expressions. For the purpose of politeness, we use ‘would’
and not ‘will’. So there are some special phrases with ‘would’
that you should memorize: The first is ‘Would you mind…?’ For example: “Would you mind lending me
some money?” This sentence is a request, and it’s a very
polite request. Notice that after ‘would you mind’ we
have an ‘ing’ form – ‘lending’. This is the correct form when you want to
make requests with this expression. But you can also use it to ask for permission. For this, you would say ‘Would you mind
if’ plus a past tense: “Would you mind if I left a little early tomorrow?” You might say this to your boss at work. Even though we have a past tense verb, that’s
just a grammar rule, we’re still asking for permission for the future. The phrase ‘Would it be OK if…?’ is
also used to ask for permission: “Would it be OK if I left a little early tomorrow?” Same meaning. Another common phrase is ‘Would you like…?’
and this is used to make offers: Would you like some more milk in your coffee? Would you like to come along with us? Would you like me to give you a ride home? All of these are offers. And finally, to express wants, to say “I
want this”, we use the polite expression – ‘I would like…’ I would like another cookie, please. I would like to buy a wedding present for
a friend of mine. The important point is that in all of these
sentences, you cannot use ‘will’. Remember that these are fixed expressions
– you must use ‘would’ in all of them, so it’s a good idea to memorize them all. OK, if you’re ready, it’s now time for
the quiz to see if you can use ‘will’ and ‘would’ correctly. On the screen, there are eight sentences. In each one, I want you to fill in the gap
with ‘will’ or ‘would’. Stop the video, think about your answers,
then play the video again and check. Alright, here are the answers. How many did you get right? Let me know in the comments section. If you have any questions about these, you
can ask me in the comments as well. If you liked this lesson, give it a thumbs
up by hitting the like button. If you’re new to my channel, make sure to
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Correct Use of WILL and WOULD | What’s the Difference? | Modal Verbs in English Grammar

100 thoughts on “Correct Use of WILL and WOULD | What’s the Difference? | Modal Verbs in English Grammar

  • June 13, 2019 at 10:26 am
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    Please make me correct with uses of would, what kind of data would you require? Is there anything mistake with Would or in sentence.

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  • June 13, 2019 at 2:47 pm
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    I got 6 questions right!

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  • June 15, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    you are such a great teacher , thanks for uploading this video …i got 9/10 …can u plz explain the 5th question?

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  • June 15, 2019 at 10:12 am
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    Thank you for giving the clear explanation of will and would, this class will hep me to improve my English..Tanks a lot

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  • June 16, 2019 at 6:02 pm
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    All 8 are correct

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  • June 17, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    OMG I'm learning English at the moment and I could understand you perfectly ! I'm going to subscribe in your channel! Thanks

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  • June 17, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    Very nice video 👍 sir for the first time this confusion is solved thank u sir

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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    My score..Only one wrong.. Second last confusing sir…(I would like to meet u sir )

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  • June 18, 2019 at 4:11 am
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    In quiz part serial no. 3 would love to have ur explanation…

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  • June 18, 2019 at 2:04 pm
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    Thanks sir.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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    I have a little bit confusion about 7 th example.could you say plese .Which one is correct will or would?

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  • June 18, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    OMG

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  • June 19, 2019 at 1:10 am
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    Great lessons. Thank you.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 1:32 am
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    Sentence 5. He is imagining that she might like the book. Why not would?

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  • June 19, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    You got me…Subscribed ❤️👏🏻

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:13 am
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    Omg, I am very unlucky tht i found u very late…. Sir, please teach us how to understand British accent easily, for example I always get problem while watching Hollywood movie without subtitle

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  • June 19, 2019 at 12:54 pm
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    I always like ur video..N i think the best part of ur video is tat quiz part sir.vry much useful

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  • June 19, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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    superb sir👍

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  • June 20, 2019 at 6:41 am
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    Sir 7th one is a bit tricky. Would you mind elaborating it

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  • June 20, 2019 at 11:27 am
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    I got @ 6 sir.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    Nice explanation

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  • June 22, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    Thank God I see ur ytchannel I got 10 score!!

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  • June 22, 2019 at 3:14 pm
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    Super

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  • June 22, 2019 at 6:19 pm
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    My matter is pronociation please help me !!

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  • June 25, 2019 at 3:27 am
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    This guy is much better than the highly expensive and the not much worthy British council. Kudos to you!

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  • June 25, 2019 at 10:58 am
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    Really ..I am also pleased to see ur teaching ,and it helps me ..thanks sir.. plz keep continue…

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  • June 25, 2019 at 5:43 pm
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    Really sprb 👌👌👌 thank you so much sir..

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  • June 26, 2019 at 8:48 am
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    Best. Teacher. Ever. Hands down.

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  • June 28, 2019 at 12:35 am
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    Thanks
    from Pakistan

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  • June 28, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    Thanks I got all

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  • June 29, 2019 at 10:00 am
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    I have not seen a best teacher like u since my childhood love u sir… Ur d bestest😍😍😍😍

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  • June 29, 2019 at 11:34 am
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    Thanks for this video sir……

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  • June 30, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    8 one was wrong

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  • June 30, 2019 at 7:14 am
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    Sir, I did 7 correct

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  • June 30, 2019 at 11:44 am
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    Sir, I love the way you teach and I got 8 out of 8.

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  • July 1, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    7 correct

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  • July 3, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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    Would you make more videos Sir .? I thank you so much

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  • July 4, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Very clear explanation

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  • July 4, 2019 at 5:56 pm
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    I'm very confused about 7th que..pls help me

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  • July 4, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    Thanks a lot, I am watching you from Iraq

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  • July 6, 2019 at 5:27 am
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    You are so amazing thanks

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  • July 6, 2019 at 1:31 pm
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    Thansk for making this video . I really appreciate it

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  • July 10, 2019 at 3:10 am
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    First let me congratulate you on your excellent teaching skills!
    I'm an aspiring teacher myself, could you kindly tell me which software you used to make this video? As in the part where the sentences appear on screen?
    I wish you more success Mr. Ganesh!

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  • July 11, 2019 at 3:31 am
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    All 8 are correct

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  • July 11, 2019 at 9:30 am
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    In 8 questions i answer 6 correct questions and missed 2..But i like the lesson and the video. Thank you

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  • July 13, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    I have solved all the blanks correctly…

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  • July 15, 2019 at 10:56 am
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    Can you explain in Tamil?

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  • July 15, 2019 at 3:35 pm
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    Don't talk to me.
    Don't talk with me.
    Wch one is correct?

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  • July 16, 2019 at 1:55 pm
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    8/8 Thank you sir. 😁

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  • July 17, 2019 at 7:06 am
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    Gud explantation

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  • July 17, 2019 at 8:12 am
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    Thanks a lot sir for making the video but i have a question that why did you use "would" in 7th sentence?
    I'm confused in this.

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  • July 17, 2019 at 4:53 pm
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    Best Teacher You Are! From Bangladesh.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 2:04 am
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    Hi
    As I know , we should use "should" for polite expression. Am I correct?

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  • July 19, 2019 at 6:17 am
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    Is it correct: Would you mind if I left a little early tomorrow?
    I think it should be: Would you mind if I leave a little early tomorrow?
    P.S. – I am an amateur. Help me please.

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  • July 19, 2019 at 9:53 am
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    Yeah! I got 8 out of 8

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  • July 19, 2019 at 10:36 am
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    Thank you. I am enjoying this channel so far. There will always be someone good. Is this the correct use of 'will' and 'there'?

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  • July 20, 2019 at 8:10 am
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    Hello

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  • July 20, 2019 at 10:43 am
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    useful and helpful video!
    thanks

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  • July 20, 2019 at 5:47 pm
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    Would you like my comment.? ❤

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  • July 21, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    Very nice.

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  • July 22, 2019 at 2:12 pm
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    8 sir

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  • July 23, 2019 at 6:24 am
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    Hi ganesh, who would speak first vs who will speak first is this past or present tense or future tense or polite question i dnt understand difference please could you please give me the clarify of above sentences thanking you

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  • July 24, 2019 at 11:49 am
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    we would move to a bigger apartment if we could find one.but this is future right…!

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  • July 24, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    It is a great video. Thank you for this useful information.

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  • July 25, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    A helpful lesson. Thanks.

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  • July 25, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    Some explanations:
    (A) Regarding #7: It's a 2nd conditional sentence. Notice that the second part of the sentence has 'could'. It means that we are trying to find a bigger apartment, but we are not able to find one. Compare these two sentences:

    1. "We will move to a bigger apartment if we can find one." – means I think it's possible to find a bigger apartment

    2. "We would move to a bigger apartment if we could find one." – means we tried but failed, so I don't think it is possible
    (B) Regarding "Would it be OK if I left a little early tomorrow?":
    At the beginning of the sentence, we use "would" because it's commonly used to show politeness. But grammatically, "would" is a past tense verb. So, to keep the tense consistent across the whole sentence, we use "left" – the past tense of "leave". If you want to use the present tense, you can say, "Is it OK if I leave early tomorrow?"

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  • July 27, 2019 at 1:48 am
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    How to differentiate would and will? For example, most of the weight of your dehydrated brain WOULD come from fats, can I use ‘WILL’ in this sentence , why?i would appreciate if someone could answer this question

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  • July 27, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    Nice …. I answer all questions

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  • July 27, 2019 at 11:54 am
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    Ganesh teacher, I got your name😍

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  • July 28, 2019 at 7:20 am
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    Sir, regd. 5th question, should is past tense then how will possible in this answer.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 1:04 am
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    I got 8/8 thanks for your teaching.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Thanks a ton for clearing my doubts, I just subd to you. God bless you Sir 😊

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  • July 29, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    Dear Sir,
    Thank you sooo much for your amazing class.
    One doubt to clear – In polite expression, when we say eg as above "Would it be ok if i LEFT litlte early tomorrow ?" In this, we are talking about the future, but why do we use PP form of the verb, ie, `LEFT' ?
    Could you make it clear please ?
    Thanks.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    Thank you

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  • July 30, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    I really like this Dude’s lessons, they are very useful for everyone who’s studing English, i adore these classes

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:34 am
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    1.will
    2. Would
    3.will
    4.would
    5.will
    6.will
    7.will
    8.will..
    Reply must if my answers are right.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 7:50 pm
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    Why 'will' is used in the third one?

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  • August 1, 2019 at 7:07 am
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    Am soo greatful to you sir

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  • August 2, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    Can you please post a video on fall and fell and forming a sentence with these examples.

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  • August 2, 2019 at 2:26 pm
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    8 correct

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  • August 2, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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    Thanks i got it i never make mistakes again thank you sir

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  • August 3, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    oh, sir! You are just amazing. all your explanations are extraordinary and very easy to understand. Definitely, I will recommend you to my friends who are interested in learning English.

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  • August 4, 2019 at 4:59 am
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    Ever…..scientist of English grammar """

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  • August 4, 2019 at 4:12 pm
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    Thank you sir, your teaching is awesome.

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  • August 4, 2019 at 4:33 pm
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    10/10 all things are right in the test thanks very much but can you explain all conditions

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  • August 5, 2019 at 1:08 am
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    Thank you for your Video!

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  • August 5, 2019 at 2:25 am
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    Hi sir ! You’re really good at what you’re doing. I’ve learned a new thing in this video. With the Conditional you use the simple past in the sentence with would. You know what I mean. For example If I left earlier tomorrow, would it bother you. By instinct I would have said: If I leave earlier tomorrow, would it bother you? I’ve made the mistake to think French, my mother tongue. Though even in French, when using the simple past, it works in conditional. Have a good one. By the way, the tutorial I watched from you, about verbs tenses last year, has been a breakthrough in my learning. It’s been a boost in my confidence to speak.. Prior to that I was always scared of not being able to deal with it in conversations etc. Thanks so much !

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  • August 5, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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    6

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  • August 5, 2019 at 8:06 pm
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    Happy thanks for such a great lesson

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  • August 6, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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    Why in the 7th question you used would? Isn't it possible to find a house for them? Is it imaginary situation?

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  • August 7, 2019 at 6:53 am
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    Awesome video sir keep posting videos

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  • August 8, 2019 at 11:19 am
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    It would be fine if I know you that I've got 8 out of 10. ✌️💯

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  • August 8, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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    truly amazing. I understood the whole 3 conditions the best way I could have imagined . the test was a piece of cake . answered all of them correctly

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  • August 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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    Please make a video of Coordination and Parallel Structure. The way your teach is amazing and easy to follow. Thanks for your great videos

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  • August 9, 2019 at 9:09 am
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    7/8 ok

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  • August 9, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    8

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  • August 10, 2019 at 2:06 pm
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    I don't know where to practice english. I have learnt a grammar. I am a beginner. Could you help me in suggesting some reading books for English practice and practice videos please. I'll be very thankful to you.

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