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    He is interested in a process called anastylois which involves putting these fragments back together using a minimal amount of new materials.
    "It's a jigsaw puzzle with missing links but with geological methods we can discover where those fragments have been before," says Praxenthaler.


    The method has been used on the Parthenon and the Acropolis in Athens but it would be the first time it had been used to reconstruct a monument that was intentionally destroyed and arguments against reconstruction abound.


    Not least is money. Rebuilding just the small Buddha would cost millions of dollars in a region that lacks basic infrastructure such as roads and electricity. It would require the manufacture or import of a huge amounts of metal which would have to travel along the dangerous road from Kabul.

    "Of course the counter argument to that is that jaw-dropping sums of money are spent in Afghanistan every day," says Dr Llewelyn Morgan, author of The Buddhas of Bamiyan, a history of the sculptures.

    "This would be a drop in the ocean." Still, Morgan says, there are more pressing issues that archaeologists need to look at in Afghanistan. "Bamiyan has a tendency to draw all archaeological resources to it," he says.




    The method has been used on the Parthenon and the Acropolis in Athens but it would be the first time ...
    Rebuilding just the small Buddha would cost millions of dollars in a region ...
    It would require the manufacture or import of a huge amounts ...
    This would be a drop in the ocean.

    Why is it necessary to write the verb 'would' in the above 4 sentences.
    I feel it should be 'will' here.

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    I think the author should have used the present perfect (has been) in the first sentence.
    The other three sentences sound fine to me. The author is using "would" because he is speaking of the project's costs and demands hypothetically.

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    Default Re: Will or would

    Indeed - *IF* it is used, it would... (But it sounds unlikely.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Will or would

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    I suggest you to buy a new house.

    Then your reply may be one of the following:
    It will cost thousands of dollars.
    It would cost thousands of dollars.

    What is the correct sentence for you?

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    Default Re: Will or would

    Quote Originally Posted by Tina3 View Post
    I suggest you to buy a new house.

    Then your reply may be one of the following:
    It will cost thousands of dollars.
    It would cost thousands of dollars.

    What is the correct sentence for you?
    Both are possible. The first suggests that I am thinking seriously of doing what you suggested. The second suggest that the possibility of my doing so is more hypothetical.
    Last edited by 5jj; 14-Aug-2012 at 13:29. Reason: typo
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    Thanks 5jj

    If I go to Israel, I will study Hebrew.
    If I go to Israel, I would study Hebrew.

    When I read your answer, I think, the second sentence means hypothetical or rather I am not sure whether to study Hebrew language.
    Please tell me whether I am correct here. It is difficult for me.


    If I went to Israel, I would study Hebrew language.
    I think the above means it is very unlikely that I will go to Israel. Maybe I don't have money to buy a travel ticket or maybe I don't like all those Holy sites.
    Please tell me whether I am correct here. It is difficult for me.



    If I went to Israel, I will study Hebrew language. {This is wrong, I guess.}
    Last edited by Tina3; 14-Aug-2012 at 20:23.

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    Default Re: Will or would

    I hope somebody will answer my post nr 6.

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    I would like to hear from you again about my post nr 6.

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    If I go to Israel, I will study Hebrew. Real possibility.
    If I go to Israel, I would study Hebrew.
    If I went to Israel, I would study. Unreal/Less real possibility.
    If I went to Israel, I will study Hebrew.
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    Thanks 5jj
    If I go to Israel, I will study Hebrew. Real possibility.

    If I am not sure about studying Hebrew in the Jewish state, my husband and I think the following is correct.
    If I go to Israel, I may/might study Hebrew.
    Are we correct?

    You have been to many countries in the region. However, you skipped Israel.
    If I had been to the Israel, I would have visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Is this correct?

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