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I would eat that

translates to

私はそれを食べるだろう

My question here is, every conditional + verb has the structure verb + だろう? Or is it more complex than this?

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    I don't quite understand the question, but I can already say it's more complex than this.
    – Earthliŋ
    May 6, 2015 at 4:13
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    The Japanese doesn't actually have a conditional construction. It just has the speculative modal marker だろう.
    – user1478
    May 6, 2015 at 4:21

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This kind of conditional — verb + だろう — is a very explicit way to mark a conditional. Conditionals in Japanese are generally not explicitly stated as such, but are rather interpreted based on the surrounding/ongoing context.

I think the sentence you quoted above, in more natural Japanese might be something like, 「私だったら、(それを)食べる。」, where the conditional is given context by the 「私だったら」clause ("If it were me").

I am not one hundred percent confident about this next statement, but I feel that using 「verb + だろう」 as a conditional (in the sense of a "would" clause in English) to talk about your own actions may sound a bit unnatural in Japanese.

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