When rates were raised in 1985, postal service officials predicted they would make further rate increases unnecessary for at least three years.
(A) they would make further rate increases unnecessary
(B) they would mean that further rate increases would not be needed
(C) that it would not be necessary for further rate increases
(D) that the increase would make further rate increases unnecessary
(E) further rate increases will not be needed
Pls. explain your ans. Also, can someone tell me, when do we use 'will' vs. 'would'? Thanks
Take simple rules:
1. Idiom : predicted that
will - certainity
would - hypothetical situations
Here it is not certain, so would has to be used.
My vote : D
In C "it" is not clearly mentioning the subject.