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Hi,

I am very interested in learning English . but I really don't understand exactly the use of WOULD in the following sentences:

1/ The man on the phone had an Australian accent - That WOULD be John.

2/ A: I saw a girl in his house.

B : That WOULD his daughter

Can I say : 1/ That WILL be John . 2/ That WILL be his daughter.

Many grammar books and dictionaries say that WILL is used to indicate present and future predictions . How about WOULD ? can WOULD be used to indicate present and future predictions like WILL in the above two sentences ?

I should be very grateful if someone could help me understand exactly the use of WOULD in this situation

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I think they're using would instead of will because it's in the context of a past tense.

had an accent / saw a girl

CJ
Dear Calijim ,

Thank you very much for your explanation , but I'm still confused about it .Because if it is in the context of past tense , why don't they say : That will/would have been John or That will/would have been his daughter ?

Please help me understang this issue more clearly .

Thanks in advance Emotion: thinking
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Dear Calijim,

Thank you for your explanation , but I'm really still confused about it. If it is in the context of past tense , why don't they say : That will/would have been John or That will/wouls have bee his daughter ?

Please help me understand this issue more clearly .

Thanks a lot*-)
My take is different from CJ's. I think they use would because they mean:

1/ The man on the phone had an Australian accent

That WOULD be John. I assume that (in any similar situation) that would be/must be/should be John.

2/ A: I saw a girl in his house.

B : That WOULD his daughter. I assume that (in any similar situation) that would be/must be/should be John.

The meaning is, IMO, of hypothetical/probable meaning expressed in present time
about a typical occurence. "Will" cannot be used here, IMO.
I have heard "will" used like so:

"The man on the phone had an Australian accent." "Ah, that'll be John."
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A Cornish PastyI have heard "will" used like so:

"The man on the phone had an Australian accent." "Ah, that'll be John."
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I'm not an expert but I just learned this, so.

'will' can be used to indicate deduction, so both "that would be John" and "that'll be John" are correct.

There are many ways 'will' can be used.. and it doesn't have to be about future.
I would like to recover my sofa. (perhaps from someone who has borrowed it as this means 'to get it back')

Unless he was very ill, he would be at work.
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