will vs would

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is it proper to say " we will be delighted to have you join us" or " we would be delighted to have you join us?

asked May 20 '11 at 17:11 Catherine New member

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Would is the past tense of will.  However, it is also used to express something uncertain or indicate a choice.  You can use either one to give a different "feeling" to the sentence.  If the person has already accepted your invitation, then you will be delighted.  If you are asking him to please join you, then you would be delighted if he joins you.  If it is a marketing piece & you want to create a sense of certainty so that he is more inclined to accept your offer, then you will be delighted when he joins you.  Will is a stronger word and shows certainty.  Sometimes you want to use the gentler form of the verb to appear softer on the issue at hand. But when writing a paper for school or a report for business, you will usually receive a better response when you use will rather than would.  When the company takes this action, then the result will be more sales.  If the company took this action, then the result would be more sales.  Either is correct, but your supervisor or teacher will think you aren't so sure of yourself with the latter.   

link comment edited May 28 '11 at 18:06 Patty T Grammarly Fellow
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'Would' is a conditional form. It implies an 'if'' clause: "We would be delighted if you joined us".

 

link comment answered Sep 11 '11 at 06:23 Mark Heyne Contributor

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