We use will:

  • to talk about the future – to say what we believe will happen
  • to talk about what people want to do or are willing to do
  • to make promises and offers

would is the past tense form of will. Because it is a past tense it is used:

  • to talk about the past.
  • to talk about hypotheses – things that are imagined rather than true.
  • for politeness.


We use will

  • to say what we believe will happen in the future:

We'll be late.
We will have to take the train.

We use would as the past tense of will:

  • to say what we believed would happen:

I thought I would be late …… so I would have to take the train.

Offers and promises

We use I will or We will to make offers and promises:

I’ll give you a lift home after the party.
We will come and see you next week.


  • to talk about what people want to do or are willing to do:

We’ll see you tomorrow.
Perhaps dad will lend me the car.

We use would as the past tense of will:

  • to talk about what people wanted to do or were willing to do:

We had a terrible night. The baby wouldn’t go to sleep. He kept waking up and crying.
Dad wouldn’t lend me the car, so we had to take the train.

  • to talk about something that we did often in the past because we wanted to do it:

When they were children they used to spend their holidays at their grandmother’s at the seaside. They would get up early every morning and they’d have a quick breakfast then they would run across the road to the beach.


We use will in conditionals with if and unless to say what we think will happen in the future or present:

I’ll give her a call if I can find her number.
You won’t get in unless you have a ticket.

We use would to talk about hypotheses, about something which is possible but not real:

  • to talk about the result or effect of a possible situation:

It would be very expensive to stay in a hotel.

  • in conditionals with words like if and what if. In these sentences the main verb is usually in the past tense:

I would give her a call if I could find her number.
If I had the money I'd buy a new car.
You would lose weight if you took more exercise.
If he got a new job he would probably make more money.
What if he lost his job. What would happen then?

We use conditionals to give advice:

Dan will help you if you ask him.

Past tenses are more polite:

Dan would help you if you asked him.

Phrases with would:

  • would you…, would you mind (not) -ing, for requests:

Would you carry this for me please?
Would you mind carrying this?
Would you mind not telling him that?

  • would you like ...; would you like to ...,  for offers and invitations:

Would you like to come round tomorrow?
Would you like another drink?

  • I would like …; I’d like … (you)(to) ..., to say what we want or what we want to do:

I’d like that one please.
I’d like to go home now.

  • I’d rather… (I would rather) to say what we prefer:

I’d rather have that one.
I’d rather go home now.

  • I would thinkI would imagine, I'd guess, to give an opinion when we are not sure or when we want to be polite:

It’s very difficult I would imagine.
I would think that’s the right answer.






Is there any difference between most of the people will agree and most of the people would agree

Hello aseel aftab,

Yes, there is, though it's difficult to explain out of context. If you describe the full context, then we can help you understand it.

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Dear sir

A bite of juicy and flavorful tomatoes that would moist your mouth.

Is the would in the sentence correct or is it will?

Hello Sewon,

Both are possible here. 'Would' is used with a hypothetical meaning, such as when you want to describe an imaginary situation. 'Will' is used with a read meaning. If you are talking about a situation which is a real possibility then this is the better choice. For example, if I am describing my perfect meal (a hypothetical situation) then I use 'would'. On the other hand, if I am describing a meal on a menu (a real situation as I can order this meal) then 'will' is more likely.


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I will go to beach tomorrow.
Is it right or wrong? Please explain.

Hello Arvind Kumar Singh,

To make the sentence correct grammatically you need to say 'the beach':

I will go to the beach tomorrow.


However, whether or not the sentence is grammatically correct is only one question. You need to also decide if the sentence is correct in terms of the meaning you wish to express and the context in which it is used. To help you with this I would need to know what you are trying to say, and in which context.


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Dear sir,
My son's teacher says shall should be used here instead of will. Please explain.

Hello Arvind Kumar Singh,

I'm afraid we don't comment on what other books or sources say. If you'd like another source of information on 'shall', this Cambridge Dictionary page could be useful for you. If you have a more specific question, please feel free to ask us.

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The LearnEnglish Team

In this comment you said "you could use used to .........." Why did not you use "you can use" . I would be great ful to your reply


I'm not sure which comment you mean here. Please post the whole sentence so we can see the context.


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