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That would mean that Karen is going to be late, wouldn't it?

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That means that Karen is going to be late, doesn’t it?


Are all of the sentences above correct and what is the difference in meaning between the first one and the second one? Thanks.

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Both are correct.

#1 sounds more tentative, as if the speaker is making a deduction.

#2 sounds more more definite.

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Clive

Both are correct.

#1 sounds more tentative, as if the speaker is making a deduction.

#2 sounds more more definite.

Is the first sentence second conditional? Is the first sentence’s would the same would as the bold would below, which is second conditional? Or the first sentence’s would shows lack of certainty?

like: It would mean so much to me if they helped me out now.

Clive

Both are correct.

#1 sounds more tentative, as if the speaker is making a deduction.

#2 sounds more more definite.

Also,

It would seem that he is not happy with his job.

This sentence above sounds tentative as if the speaker is making a deduction just like the sentence, ‘That would mean that Karen is going to be late, wouldn't it?’, correct?

Clive

Both are correct.

#1 sounds more tentative, as if the speaker is making a deduction.

#2 sounds more more definite.

Can you also please give me more examples of sentences with 'would mean' that shows tentativeness? Please! I would be really grateful.

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Clive

Both are correct.

#1 sounds more tentative, as if the speaker is making a deduction.

#2 sounds more more definite.

Would you mind replying, Clive?

That would mean that Karen is going to be late, wouldn't it?

That would mean she loves you, I think.

That would mean he missed the train.

Adding a phrase like 'I think' adds to the feeling of being tentative.

Clive

That would mean that Karen is going to be late, wouldn't it?

That would mean she loves you, I think.

That would mean he missed the train.

Adding a phrase like 'I think' adds to the feeling of being tentative.

Thank you for replying. The sentences below are also tentative, right?

A: That would mean he missed the train.

B: It would seem he missed the train.

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Yes, tentative and deductive.

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