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Hello

I have been reading an article and have noticed many sentences about using would :

1- desalinization which would remove salt from sea water

2- according to estimates. it would cost between 50 and 100 ...

and many sentences include (would)

so , why here we use would , and is it instead of present simple or what and can we use present simple here or what .

thank you

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In the future be sure to include the entire sentence in which you find these uses of 'would'. Without at least one full sentence there is not enough context to give you a good answer.

It seems to me, judging by what little you have presented, that these are fairly typical uses of 'would', where a situation is not known to exist in reality but is instead envisioned or imagined as a possibility.

1) desalinization which removes salt from sea water
2) desalinization which would remove salt from sea water

1) sounds like a known method of desalination.
2) sounds like perhaps a newly proposed method of desalination.


1) according to estimates. it costs between 50 and 100 ...
2) according to estimates. it would cost between 50 and 100 ...

Here the punctuation is wrong, so it's hard to interpret what you have here.

1) doesn't seem right in terms of meaning. If they are estimates, they are not known to be precisely correct amounts, so we are not likely to say so directly with the present tense.
2) makes more sense because we are envisioning (imagining, guessing) the cost.

CJ

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samersamer1974desalinization

This is odd because the word is generally desalination https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desalination

Yes, it's a little odd, but Oxford Dictionary, for example, gives this:

desalinize: another term for desalinate

and spell checkers seem to allow it.

CJ

Hello

thank you very much for answering me , and i am sorry for duplicating my post but the internet is cutting off Frequently.

the orginal sentence is : the first method being considered is the use of desalinization plants, which would remove salt from sea water.

so, can we use (would) in present tense and for next time to avoid this confusion , could you please to explain when we use would in these cases and is there any word is near in meaning instead of would

thank you

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samersamer1974The first method being considered is the use of desalinization plants, which would remove salt from sea water.
samersamer1974can we use "would" in present tense

No, because once you use "would" you have a modal tense. A modal tense is called a modal tense, not present, past, future, or any other name like that.

samersamer1974could you please to explain when we use would

That explanation would take a lifetime. Emotion: smile "would" is one of the most difficult words to learn in English. There are many different ways it is used, and that's why we have grammar books.

samersamer1974is there any word is near in meaning instead of would

No. "would" is unique. It has its own meanings, and there are no good ways to substitute another word or phrase for "would".

In the sentence you quoted, however, the present tense could get nearly the same idea across. You have two choices for subject-verb agreement. Either the use of the plants removes salt, or the plants remove salt. You can look at it either way.

The first method being considered is the use of desalinization plants, which removes salt from sea water.
The first method being considered is the use of desalinization plants, which remove salt from sea water.

It's the fact that it's a method that is being considered, and not a method that is already being used, that probably influenced the author to use "would".

CJ