LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||02/ABR/2006 7:49 PM|
|Assunto:||Version of a Esopo`s fable: A águia e a seta|
Obs: I would be very pleased/happy/grateful if you would also correct the comments above.
Dale, why did you use “would” in the period “...if you would also correct the comments above” ? Is that necessary ? Then why didn`t you use also in the period “If you want to write your version”, that is to say, why didn`t you write “If you WOULD want to write your version” ?
The use of "would" makes it softer, politer. Can you use "will"? Of course. It is a personal choice.
“If you WOULD want to write your version” ? "If you would want.." sounds stilted and unnatural to me. It sounds more natural to me to say "If you would like to..." Can you say "If you want.."? Sure. No problem. I would avoid using, however, "If you would want to..." in that context. That phrase is common, by the way, when giving instructions, advice, etc. ("If you would want to be a famous guitarrist, it would behoove you to practice several hours per day, every day.")
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