Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    suprunp's Avatar
    suprunp is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    526
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default If they bear out, it would

    If larger studies bear out this initial finding, valproic acid would be the first drug for AIDS dementia, Gelbard says.
    (Scientific American Mind; Volume 17, Number 4; Stopping HIV Dementia)

    How would it change the meaning if I said:

    "If larger studies bear out this initial finding, valproic acid will be the first drug for AIDS dementia."

    Thanks.

  2. #2
    MartinEnglish is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    127
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: If they bear out, it would

    It changes in that "will" sounds as if you believe it is more likely to happen.

    If England win the World Cup I'll be happy (optimistic, I believe it's possible)
    If England won the Worlc Cup I'd be happy (speaking only hypothetically as I don't think it is likely - a realist!)

  3. #3
    suprunp's Avatar
    suprunp is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    526
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: If they bear out, it would

    Quote Originally Posted by MartinEnglish View Post
    It changes in that "will" sounds as if you believe it is more likely to happen.

    If England win the World Cup I'll be happy (optimistic, I believe it's possible)
    If England won the Worlc Cup I'd be happy (speaking only hypothetically as I don't think it is likely - a realist!)
    Why doesn't the original sentence read as follows then: "If larger studies bore out this initial finding, valproic acid would be the first drug for AIDS dementia."?

    Thanks.

  4. #4
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    22,756
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: If they bear out, it would

    Because larger studies haven't happened yet but it's pretty certain that they will take place. What is not certain is the outcome of the studies.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

  5. #5
    anhnha's Avatar
    anhnha is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Vietnamese
      • Home Country:
      • Vietnam
      • Current Location:
      • Vietnam
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    429
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: If they bear out, it would

    Is "would" here past form of "will"?
    Is "would" can be use to express possibility in the future?
    What kind of the above sentence? Is it a conditional sentence?
    Thanks.

Similar Threads

  1. bear to
    By ovvpapatya in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Jul-2011, 01:48
  2. bear me out
    By kimbeah2279 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 29-Mar-2011, 01:14
  3. bear up
    By lauraguan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24-Apr-2009, 12:40
  4. to bear
    By jctgf in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-Aug-2008, 01:09
  5. a bear alive or living bear?
    By anamaria_qd in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 13-Apr-2008, 11:58

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •