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    Default mix of going to and would in a sentence

    "If we take a poll, we are going to figure out what woud be the righ answer."

    Can I mix the progressive form of the future simple tense and the "would ..." part in one sentence providing there is still some doubt about the resuslt being correct?

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    Default Re: mix of going to and would in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "If we take a poll, we are going to figure out what woud be the righ answer."

    Can I mix the progressive form of the future simple tense and the "would ..." part in one sentence providing there is still some doubt about the resuslt being correct?
    No, it doesn't work. It wouldn't work with "will" instead of "are going to" either.

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    Default Re: mix of going to and would in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, it doesn't work. It wouldn't work with "will" instead of "are going to" either.
    The sentence is grammatically incorrect, isn't it?
    It has to be followed by "what will be the correct answer"?
    Or is it because we "figure out the right answer ", whereas "figure out what the right answer is.." is incorrect?
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    Default Re: mix of going to and would in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    The sentence is grammatically incorrect, isn't it?
    It has to be followed by "what will be the correct answer"?
    No, the correct sentence (assuming a correct answer exists now) is : "If we take a poll, we will figure out what the right answer is."

    You can't take a poll to discover what something will be in the future. Politicians know this. Polls tell you what people think at the time of the poll - ie. what the answer is.
    Of course, if you mean that the right answer will become what the majority wants, it's ok: "If we take a poll, we will figure out what the colour will be" - because you are going to paint it the most popular colour.

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    Default Re: mix of going to and would in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, the correct sentence (assuming a correct answer exists now) is : "If we take a poll, we will figure out what the right answer is."

    You can't take a poll to discover what something will be in the future. Politicians know this. Polls tell you what people think at the time of the poll - ie. what the answer is.
    Of course, if you mean that the right answer will become what the majority wants, it's ok: "If we take a poll, we will figure out what the colour will be" - because you are going to paint it the most popular colour.
    There's going to be an answer but I'm not sure if it will be 100% correct so I'm using "If we take a poll, we are going to figure out what the righ answer would be." to convey the inferred meaning?
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    Default Re: mix of going to and would in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    There's going to be an answer but I'm not sure if it will be 100% correct so I'm using "would be the correct answer" to convey the inferred meaning?
    So you mean, "We are going to take a poll to find out what the right answer would be if we took a poll"?

    It depends on whether the poll is 100% likely to give you the right answer. And that can only happen if the right answer is defined by the poll.

    Can you give a scenario that describes the sentence you want? - "If we take a poll, we are going to figure out what the right answer would be." But you still seem to have a conditional sentence without a condition.

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    Default Re: mix of going to and would in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    So you mean, "We are going to take a poll to find out what the right answer would be if we took a poll"?

    It depends on whether the poll is 100% likely to give you the right answer. And that can only happen if the right answer is defined by the poll.

    Can you give a scenario that describes the sentence you want? - "If we take a poll, we are going to figure out what the right answer would be." But you still seem to have a conditional sentence without a condition.
    If we take a poll in a TV studio in Ukraine with "president of Ukraine" present , there might be some people not willing to expres their true feelings because of them being afraid of loosing certain "benefits". So the poll wouldn't be 100% likely to give me the correct answer?
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    Default Re: mix of going to and would in a sentence

    Can you give a scenario that describes the sentence you want? - "If we take a poll, we are going to figure out what the right answer would be."
    A politician, preparing for a debate or interview. He takes a poll so that he can know what the "popular" answer is, so that if he is asked the question, he knows what the right answer would be .

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    Default Re: mix of going to and would in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    A politician, preparing for a debate or interview. He takes a poll so that he can know what the "popular" answer is, so that if he is asked the question, he knows what the right answer would be .
    I'm talking about president of Ukraine not being totally democrat after the use of teargas on Idependence Day in Kyiv,Ukraine. Him being present in a studio would definetily influence the poll.

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    Default Re: mix of going to and would in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    If we take a poll in a TV studio in Ukraine with " the president of Ukraine present there, there might be some people not willing to expres their true fillings feelings because of them being affraid afraid to loose of losing certain "benefits". So the poll wouldn't be 100% likely to give me the correct answer?
    Please see my amendments above.

    Check your dictionary for the difference between "filling" and "feeling", and between "loose" and "lose".

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