There is a slight clash of levels in the English Grammar Profile for the following grammar.
A2 point 39 in MODALITY is defined as:
‘would’ with a wide range of verbs to talk about wishes and preferences.
*’the wide range’ can be understood by the example sentences in the EGP which only contain ‘love’ and ‘prefer.’
B1 point 34 in VERBS/patterns is defined as:
‘would prefer’ + ‘to’ infinitive, often for politeness.
*The main difference is that ‘prefer is connected to politeness. But the way the EGP has it worded, makes it sound as though it is not essential to give this a B1 marker type of status.
On iWeb corpus we did a search for collocates.
1 SEE 38487
2 HEAR 29108
3 WIN 3245
4 THOUGHTS 2993
5 FEEDBACK 2614
6 JOIN 2172
7 PERSONALLY 1157
8 SUGGESTIONS 933
9 CHAT 640
10 OPINIONS 496
1 RECEIVE 820
2 STAY 819
3 PERSONALLY 807
4 AVOID 604
5 REMAIN 432
6 IDEALLY 136
7 FULL-TIME 124
8 RESPONDENTS 94
9 PART-TIME 88
10 ENQUIRY 66
Although there is a B1 point for a specific list of lexical verbs to be less direct, such as advise, recommend, imagine, say, we believe being able to use “would” with any wide range of lexical verbs should be a grammar point noted at the B1 level.
Here are the top 100 most frequent lexical verbs following the modal verb ‘would’ in the iWeb corpus:
The 5 most common B1 lexical verbs: recommend, expect, allow, suggest, require
In the sentence above, “would” makes the recommendation more polite and less direct. It is also a bit more tentative, suggesting that the speaker is not trying to force their advice on the listener.
The 5 most common B2 lexical verbs: affect, appreciate, assume, cause, enable
In this case, “would” is used to express the possibility that his capture could cause a major embarrassment for the government. In other words, the sentence is saying that if he is captured, it is likely that it will cause a major embarrassment for the government.