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Hi,

I have two questions in the sentence below.

"Why would you be interested in knowing how Internet connection speeds are distributed among various countries? "

a) what kind of would is this? What is the difference between "why are you interested in" and "why would you" in this case?

b) I think the meaning of "distributed" is like, existing, but it won't fit here, because the subject is "Internet connection speeds." How should I read it?

Thanks,
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"Tell me how they are distibuted" can have two interpretations:

(1) Describe for me the configuration of what you see (yes, the way they are, or exist).

(2) Describe for me the process by which they get to be like this. (How is it decided who gets what?)

The first one uses "to be" as the main finite verb and "distributed" as an adjective.
The second one is a passive structure describing habitual behavior.

Why are you interested? vs. Why would you be interested?
There's no substantial difference in meaning. The second one is a less direct way of asking the question.
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Thanks for the reply.

Would you paraphrase the sentence? I'm trying to understand the "process" part, but so far it wouldn't click..

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Tell me how this usually happens, step by step.

There's a truck loaded with boxes of food to feed the hungry. How are they distributed?

two interpretations:

(1) What is the pattern of the way that they're stacked on the truck?

(2) How do we go about the job of deciding who to give the food to, and of taking it to them?
Thanks! got it, finally!Emotion: big smile
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