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Penpen
Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:25:44 PM

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how does "would" work here? And why doesn't the sentence "if the Fox are.." take the past form "if the Fox were.." I'm confused by the structure.

1.In American English, the
phrase "go to hospital"
would not be correct.
One of the articles, "the" or
"a", would be necessary.
2. Craig Shakespeare is currently in charge of Leicester City, taking overafter Claudio Ranieri was sacked but it would be no surprise if the Foxes are already looking around for a man to appoint in the summer
FROSTY X RIME
Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:47:33 PM

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7. (used to express an uncertainty): It would appear that he is guilty.


Would

[added]

or 6. Used to express presumption or expectation: That would be Steve at the door.

What should be shall be-The fellowship of the ring-
thar
Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 5:09:46 PM

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Just a caution on sports journalism - People become football writers because they are interested in football, not writing. Whistle
In colloquial English the technicalities of conditionals can get a bit flexible.
If you understood it, then job done.

There is no potential confusion here -
... I wouldn't be surprised if...
I.e.
It may be happening.
In the opinion of the writer it is probably happening.


The choice of word has no effect in this example.


It is the Foxes - plural - the Leicester City team.

Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 5:09:53 PM

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Penpen wrote:
2. Craig Shakespeare is currently in charge of Leicester City, taking overafter Claudio Ranieri was sacked but it would be no surprise if the Foxes are already looking around for a man to appoint in the summer

it would be no surprise if [it turned out that] the Foxes are already looking around for a man to appoint in the summer

What do you think?
NKM
Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 6:21:01 PM

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Personally, I'd prefer the past subjunctive form ("if the Foxes were …").

I like Harbin's wording, too.

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