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grammar help - usage of would [#permalink]
30 Aug 2008, 09:48
I would like to apologize beforehand if my question below seems naive. But i need some documentation or help on the usage of "would".
One eg question where the choice of "would" is incorrect brought this question to me. I have mentioned it below. My question : When will you use "would". ---------------- ALTHOUGH SOME PARENTS BELIEVE THAT THE LOCAL ALL-GIRLS SCHOOL SHOULD BEGIN TO ADMIT BOYS, OTHERS CLAIM THAT GIRLS WOULD PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN CLASS ONLY IF THEY HAD ALL-GIRLS CLASSES. I will list the 2 choices that i need clarity on. 1- that girls would participate actively only in a class that were all-girls. 2 - that girls will only participate actively in an all-girls class.
Ans is : 2 ---------------- Another eg: While some academicians believe that business ethics should be integrated into every business course, others say that students will take ethics seriously only if it would be taught as a separately required course. Correct answer choice was : only if it is taught as a separate, required course Explanation is : "x will happen if y happens" The verb of the main clause should be in the future tense and the verb of the if clause should be in the present indicative. ---------------- Basically how can i conclude that would is not correct here or in other sentences in general. Any help/docs would be appreciated.