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    Question Will and Would

    1) Recently I've read that Will can be used for the present. For example:
    "Every day Dan will come home from work and turn on the TV"
    Why not "Every day Dan comes home from work and turns on the TV"? What's the difference?

    2) Will have + past participle for a past situation:
    "Most people won't have seen last night's lunar eclipse" (rather than ...wouldn't have seen...?). Why not "...might/may not have seen..."?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAK View Post
    1) Recently I've read that Will can be used for the present. For example:
    "Every day Dan will come home from work and turn on the TV"
    Why not "Every day Dan comes home from work and turns on the TV"? What's the difference?
    You dont really need to use "will" in the first example as you have already said that it is something he does regularly by using "every day".The second example is how an English person would say it.


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    2) Will have + past participle for a past situation:
    "Most people won't have seen last night's lunar eclipse" (rather than ...wouldn't have seen...?). Why not "...might/may not have seen..."?
    In this example "won't" and "wouldn't" are the same but "won't" sounds better.

    If you give a reason - "wouldn't have" - sounds better - " Most people wouldn't have seen last night's lunar eclipse because they were working"

    The difference with "Might/May not" is that it implies that you are not sure if those people saw it or not.

    "I won't be going out tonight" - certain
    "I might not go out tonight" - unsure.

    Hope this help AlexAK

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAK View Post
    2) Will have + past participle for a past situation:
    "Most people won't have seen last night's lunar eclipse" (rather than ...wouldn't have seen...?). Why not "...might/may not have seen..."?
    In your example, you can't replace will have +p.p with would have +p.p, because the first is the future tense - something will not happen in the future, the second is a modal verb "in the past", something didn't happen in the past (and it never will).

    Will have + past participle = Future Perfect
    The Future Perfect expresses the idea that something will occur before another action in the future. It can also show that something will happen before a specific time in the future.

    Would/might/could have + past participle = Past Unreal Conditional
    The Past Unreal Conditional is used to talk about imaginary situations in the past. You can describe what you would have done differently or how something could have happened differently if circumstances had been different

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    Хоть и с запозданием, но спасибо! =)

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