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    will.would

    Dr Mahathir has said he welcomed any investigation into his tenure. But Najib disagreed.

    “What is important for us is to look forward to the future. Each prime minister has made a lot of contributions, otherwise we would not be what we are today,” said Najib.

    I'm confused by 'would' and 'will'. Should the word in bold be 'will'?

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    Re: will.would

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Dr Mahathir has said he welcomed any investigation into his tenure. But Najib disagreed.

    “What is important for us is to look forward to the future. Each prime minister has made a lot of contributions, otherwise we would not be what we are today,” said Najib.

    I'm confused by 'would' and 'will'. Should the word in bold be 'will'? no
    "will" refers to the future, and that sentence is not talking about the future.


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    Exclamation Re: will.would

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Dr Mahathir has said he welcomed any investigation into his tenure. But Najib disagreed.

    “What is important for us is to look forward to the future. Each prime minister has made a lot of contributions, otherwise we would not be what we are today,” said Najib.

    I'm confused by 'would' and 'will'. Should the word in bold be 'will'?

    Many thanks.
    Will refers to future and would refers to possibility. Here the sentence can be interpreted as: otherwise it is not possible for us (we would not) to be what we are today,” said Najib.

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