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# If Sam plays with any toy, it will be his remote controlled

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If Sam plays with any toy, it will be his remote controlled [#permalink]  24 Mar 2013, 05:23
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If Sam plays with any toy, it will be his remote controlled airplane.

Why can't we use would be instead of will be ?
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Re: Why can't we use would be ? [#permalink]  24 Mar 2013, 06:07
There are two reasons:
1) "if ... will be" it s an idiom, so we take it as it is

2) with if we have a "condtional" situation, there is no need to remark it using "would".
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Re: Why can't we use would be ? [#permalink]  24 Mar 2013, 22:05
grakesh wrote:
If Sam plays with any toy, it will be his remote controlled airplane.

Why can't we use would be instead of will be ?

Grammar rules for conditionals are some of the hardest to understand.

The sentence you provided is a real conditional, the outcome of which will happen in the future the moment Sam plays with a toy.

If you wanted to express an unreal conditional, one that did not come true, it might look like:

"If Sam had played with any toy, it would have been his remote controlled airplane" (this did not happen - Sam did not play with a toy)

Will = real conditional
Would = unreal conditional

Check this out: gmat-grammar-book-modal-auxiliary-verbs-100606.html
Re: Why can't we use would be ?   [#permalink] 24 Mar 2013, 22:05
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