would be = is?

Akatsukis170

Senior Member
Japanese
I believe the "would be" is the same as "is" in the following sentences. The reason why the writer uses it is whether he is probaly making a hypothetical?

1. Your question is not grammatically correct. The best way to phrase it would be: What does "arrived" mean in the 'could have' structure in the example above?

2. The sentence would probably be 'I couldn't buy the book for learningEnglish'.
 
  • Kirill V.

    Senior Member
    Russian
    I guess it takes from: (If you were to re-write it in a correct way,) the best way to phrase it would be: ...

    So basically yes, in this context it is equivalent to just saying The best way to phrase it is:...

    (Disclaimer: non-native's view:) I'm trying to be careful after a couple of terribly mistaken posts :D)
     

    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    I agree with kayve's suggestion that there is an implied if-clause there. Something along the lines of:
    "Your question is not grammatically correct. [If you were to ask it in a grammatically correct way], the best way to phrase it would be: What does "arrived" mean in the 'could have' structure in the example above?"

    The writer could have said "The best way to phrase it is:..." but the conditional 'would be' conveys better the idea that the suggested wording is only one of a number of possible alternatives.
     

    Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    This is a politeness, making the writer sound more modest.

    the best way to phrase it is...
    = I am an expert, do it this way!
    the best way to phrase it would be... = This is a suggestion; if you think I'm right, then do it this way
     
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