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D00M
Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 4:50:38 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

Is this sentence fine, please? If not, how could I fix it?

In the foreseeable future, conditions would change to the benefit of women.



I am looking forward to your answers.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 7:41:12 AM

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It is I possible to tell without context.

You need a reason to use 'would' in a sentence.


This could be a conditional : if......then conditions would be better.


Or it could be in the past tense, taking about the future from that point (but still in the past relative to now).



But on its own - I doubt it is correct.
sureshot
Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 7:03:35 PM
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D00M wrote:
Hello respected teachers,

Is this sentence fine, please? If not, how could I fix it?

In the foreseeable future, conditions would change to the benefit of women.


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As known to me, this is an examination question. In my view, the sentence is grammatically correct. The modal "would” is typically used when the probability is hypothetical and to "soften" what is being said.

Romany
Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 4:42:21 AM
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Agree with Thar.

As the sentence stands it doesn't SAY anything - just brings up more questions: WHY would they change? WHO says/decrees they are going to change? WHICH conditions are going to change? Why - when they change - are only women going to benefit?

You're talking of the future. How can you possibly predict, truthfully, the future? All you - or any of us - can do is guess or predict or speculate IF this happens THAT would occur i.e. 'would' is conditional: ONLY if x happens would conditions change.

As the sentence give no reason to suggest what would need to happen to improve the lot of women, then the only TRUE statement would be that, in the future, condition COULD change. There's a possibility. But there's also a possibility they won't change: especially if nothing happens to cause the change.

As we KEEP stressing: the most important thing is that a sentence makes sense. It's no use making a sentence which is grammatically correct if it doesn't make sense. As it stands - with no context or other information - this sentence doesn't make sense.
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