kristal
 
Reply Sun 11 Oct, 2015 05:09 pm
I don't understand the use of "would" here. This is conversation.

A : What is the difference between God and deity?
B : God would be considered a deity, but a deity can refer to any God-like figure regardless of religion.

A : How does "all-knowing" work?
B : All-knowing would refer to one person and this person's knowledge encompases everything.

Can you explain the use "would" as in "would be considered" and "would refer to"?
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2018 08:32 pm
@kristal,
When we talk about things doubtful, or things theoretical, we often use 'would' in such discussions. 'would' is also used by a speaker to be less direct/know it all/softer/even more polite.

These, "would be considered" and "would refer to" would be the same in meaning as saying

God is considered a deity ... . // All-knowing is a reference to one person ... .
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