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    Question Check the verb tense

    Hi,

    Please check these sentences for consistency of verb tense.

    If the club limited its membership, it will have to raise its dues.

    Everyone hopes the plan would work.

    What will be correct tense usage?

    Thanks

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    Re: Check the verb tense

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Please check these sentences for consistency of verb tense.

    If the club limited its membership, it will have to raise its dues.

    Everyone hopes the plan would work.

    What will be correct tense usage?

    Thanks
    If the club limited its membership, it would have to raise its dues.

    Everyone hopes the plan will work.

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    Re: Check the verb tense

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If the club limited its membership, it would have to raise its dues.

    Everyone hopes the plan will work.
    Can you please tell me, why are we replacing will and would? whats the logic and rule?

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    Re: Check the verb tense

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Can you please tell me, why are we replacing will and would? whats the logic and rule?

    If the club limited its membership, it would have to raise its dues.
    This is a second conditional sentence, the "if" clause is in the simple past and must be followed by a "would" clause.
    Everyone hopes the plan will work.

    This is present tense, would cannot be used here.

    If you changed "limited" to "limits", you could use "will" in the first sentence.
    If you changed "hopes" to "hoped" you could use "would" in the second.

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