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Most people "would / will" go to any length to get

 
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hereinchina



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 3:12 pm    Post subject: Most people "would / will" go to any length to get Reply with quote

Hello,
I'm not sure if I should use the word "would" or "will" in the following sentence, or if the sentence would have the same meaning either way?
Most people "would / will" go to any length to get rich.
I think that either word is grammatically correct, but that the word "would "implies a certain "deviousness", however: doing things that most people would not do, such as stealing someone's ideas and presenting it as one's own.
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fluffyhamster



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Using 'will' in this context to me suggests that we are talking about an actual person or persons who has or have done something quite objectionable in their pursuit of wealth; with 'would' on the other hand, it is harder to think of as clear a context (but as an example, how about: our verbally reacting to the purely hypothetical answers that contestants might have reason to give on a gameshow).

Or you might like to compare the following two sentences - which one makes it sound more likely that I'm willing and immediately able to help you?

I'll do anything to help you.
I'd do anything to help you.
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hereinchina



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:32 pm    Post subject: thanks for an excellent answer Reply with quote

Hello,
You always give excellent answers and for that I'm thankful.
Best wishes,
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