"would appreciate" and "appreciate"

sinja   Tuesday, May 25, 2004, 03:06 GMT
Any difference between the two sentences below?

-We would appreciate your continued support
-We appreciate your continued support

I wonder if the first one only refers to the support expected "in the future", whereas the latter one only indicates the support extended "in the past". Is this ture or not??
mjd   Tuesday, May 25, 2004, 03:51 GMT
"We would appreciate your continued support." (In other words, if it were given in the future, it would be appreciated).

"We appreciate your continued support." (We appreciate the support you are currently giving to us).
Jim   Tuesday, May 25, 2004, 03:57 GMT
It's like mjd says, yes, by adding the "would" you're talking future support but not necessaritly expected ... more like hoped for or even requested. Sentences like "We would appreciate your continued support." are often used as a request.
montoya   Tuesday, May 25, 2004, 19:02 GMT
we would appreciate your continued support is more polite than we appreciate your continued support. it's like a request
Jim   Wednesday, May 26, 2004, 01:34 GMT
As a request it would be more polite but if it's just a statement of fact, neither is more polite than the other they just mean different things.