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Normally what happens is that they issue out the goods before the payments but this time, they want the payment first. This has never happened before.

vs.

Normally what would happen is that they issue out the goods before the payments but this time, they want the payment first. This has never happened before.


Do they mean the same? What’s the difference in meaning?

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anonymousDo they mean the same?

"would" is a bit more hypothetical. However, because "they issue" is the same in each sentence, and is not changed to "they would issue", the difference is diminished.

The most noticeable aspect of the sentences is the poor punctuation.