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    Dear teachers,

    Please read the following sentence.

    Before the group of specialists would give their opinion, they wanted to confer with one another.

    My question is why do we need 'would'? As a grammatical rule in conditional clauses and clauses of time we don't use aux. So it should be ' Before the group of specialists gave their....'. I have spent much time consulting all my grammar books to find similar examples but I failed to find any. Could you please tell me if the usage of 'would' is correct or not?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,

    Please read the following sentence.

    Before the group of specialists would give their opinion, they wanted to confer with one another.
    In this case, it's the lexical level rather than syntactic level that holds the key:
    would give, means consent.

    Have a nice weekend, too. :)

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    Re:
    • Before the group of specialists would give their opinion, they wanted to confer with one another.

    Change opinion to opinions.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Re:
    • Before the group of specialists would give their opinion, they wanted to confer with one another.

    Change opinion to opinions.

    :)
    Both are OK. It's a matter of the writer's view:

    A. The group's opinion: give their opinion.
    B. Their individual opinions: give their opinions.

    Before the group would give their opinion (the group opinion), they wanted to confer with one another.

    :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Re:
    • Before the group of specialists would give their opinion, they wanted to confer with one another.

    Change opinion to opinions.

    :)
    Both are OK. It's a matter of the writer's view:

    A. The group's opinion: give their opinion.
    B. Their individual opinions: give their opinions.

    Before the group would give their opinion (the group opinion), they wanted to confer with one another.

    :wink:
    Yes, I know. It depends on how you look at it. Can a group of people have one opinion between them?

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Re:
    • Before the group of specialists would give their opinion, they wanted to confer with one another.

    Change opinion to opinions.

    :)
    Both are OK. It's a matter of the writer's view:

    A. The group's opinion: give their opinion.
    B. Their individual opinions: give their opinions.

    Before the group would give their opinion (the group opinion), they wanted to confer with one another.

    :wink:
    Yes, I know. It depends on how you look at it. Can a group of people have one opinion between them?

    :)
    Well, if they agree, they can share an opinion. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Re:
    • Before the group of specialists would give their opinion, they wanted to confer with one another.

    Change opinion to opinions.

    :)
    Both are OK. It's a matter of the writer's view:

    A. The group's opinion: give their opinion.
    B. Their individual opinions: give their opinions.

    Before the group would give their opinion (the group opinion), they wanted to confer with one another.

    :wink:
    Yes, I know. It depends on how you look at it. Can a group of people have one opinion between them?

    :)
    between them? hmm. What about among them? The group's opinion / the opinion of the group / The group opinion. :)

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