Wouldn't and will not?


What's the difference between wouldn't and will not?

asked May 16 '11 at 14:10 Brad New member

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The easiest way to explain is that 'would' is used most often with the subjunctive mood (the type of language we use when there is ANY degree of uncertainty).  In comparison, 'will' is a definite assertion and is part of the indictive mood (the language we use when we have no doubt or uncertainty).


'Would' is also used in a number of polite forms, whereas 'will' is seen as being more direct and, therefore, less polite.  In modern society, the practical difference between the two is blurring.  For example, very few people notice the slight difference in politeness between:


"Would you like some tea?" and "Will you have some tea?"


All of these functions are carried over in the negation as well.


"I wouldn't think that dogs like carrots." (subjunctive mood)


"Wouldn't you like to have a seat?" (politeness)

link comment answered May 17 '11 at 09:58 Kimberly Expert

I would not answer yes neither no to this question for several reasons such as: a) I meet and work with  only with few staff of Medical Services Department; b) the staff  had   different professional  background and working experience (e.g. laboratory staff, were mainly microbiologists; other staff of the department were medical doctor and public health; few volunteer were pharmacist); c) it was not possible to do a formal assessment. However, it has been observed that most of the staff possess a fair understanding of their professional background. For example, microbiology, pharmacy and other. However, when I informally interviewed most of the staff showed a gap in knowledge, skills and practice regarding Quality Control (QC), Quality Assurances (QA), ISO 17025:2005 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories; ISO 9000 and Codex Alimentarius. In addition, all pharmacists and microbiologist requested long training in quality control. 

link comment answered Oct 25 '16 at 06:29 amina New member

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