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    Default Why in this sentence is used "would"?

    Hello, I know that in English language we use would with "wishes and if", but what this sentence "FIBA announced that the distance would be increased by 50 cm to 6.75 m'
    What does "would" mean in this sentence?
    Maybe it will better to use "will" instead of "would". Please explain me how "would" works in this sentence thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Why in this sentence is used "would"?

    NOT A TEACHER


    Hello,

    1." The FIBA announces that the distance will be increased by ...."

    2. "The FIBA announced that the distance would be increased by ...."

    I think that the writer was just following the "rules."

    I think that many native speakers would NOT be upset if you said, "The FIBA announced that the distance will be

    increased by ...."


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Default Re: Why in this sentence is used "would"?

    'Will' has been backshifted to 'would' in this reported speech.

    If the distance has not yet been increased, then 'will' is also possible.

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