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Hello, everyone I want to understand th use of "would" in the dialogues below. Speaker A is asing a question, then B's answer uses "would". Could you explain how it works?

A: Hi everyone, what is the correct way of using Thank and thanks; Thanks God or Thank God? Is there any diference?

B: It depends what you are meaning to say. As a complete statement, "Thank God," is very common. It would be unusual to say "Thanks God," except as a conversational simplification of "Thank you God." In this sense, it is the same as "Thanks Bill," - a simplification of "Thank you Bill."

A: What does this phrase mean in this sentence?

Man City with the wind in their sails now as they look to go ahead.

B: With the wind in their sails here means that the team is really confident and are playing well, especially when attacking. The opposite of this would be to take the wind out of their sails - to take away their confidence.

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Hello, Gendeng, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

@Gendeng posted:

A: Hi everyone, what is the correct way of using Thank and thanks; Thanks God or Thank God? Is there any diference?

B: It depends what you are meaning to say. As a complete statement, "Thank God," is very common. It would be unusual to say "Thanks God," except as a conversational simplification of "Thank you God." In this sense, it is the same as "Thanks Bill," - a simplification of "Thank you Bill."

A: What does this phrase mean in this sentence?

Man City with the wind in their sails now as they look to go ahead.

B: With the wind in their sails here means that the team is really confident and are playing well, especially when attacking. The opposite of this would be to take the wind out of their sails - to take away their confidence.

"Would be" is a tentative, less categorical way of saying "is."

1. It is unusual to say "Thanks, God." (This is a final statement.)
2. It would be unusual to say "Thanks, God." (This sounds more uncertain, for example: If you said "Thanks, God," that would be unusual.)

3. The opposite is to take the wind out of their sails. (This is a final statement.)
4. The opposite would be to take the wind out of their sails. (This sounds like saying If you wanted to say the opposite, you could say "to take the wind out of their sails.")

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