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  1. #1

    there is to be..would

    Surfing the net I run into such sentence:

    "If there is to be a change in the way the federal government taxes us
    what would you prefer as a replacement?"

    I can't figure why that weird construction was used - "if there is to
    be...would".

    I have few guesses regarding what it could mean... But I'm not sure
    enough to sleep well :). Could someone explain it to me?

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    #2

    Re: there is to be..would

    If there is to be.... = This places it as a hypothetical proposal; we don't don't whether there will be. It's not purely imaginary, which would require a standard second conditional, but it is not a concrete possibility yet- it's still in the air. It's an interesting sentence, and I feel that opinion may well be divided but that most would go for would. I have put up a poll to see:

    https://www.usingenglish.com/poll/487.html
    Last edited by Tdol; 27-Apr-2005 at 07:24.

  2. #3

    Re: there is to be..would

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    If there is to be.... = This places it as a hypothetical proposal; we don't don't whether there will be. It's not purely imaginary, which would require a standard second conditional, but it is not a concrete possibility yet- it's still in the air.
    And what would be the difference if I'd said "If there were to be..."?

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    Re: there is to be..would

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    #5

    Re: there is to be..would

    That would be completely hypothetical. If you said that, then there has probably been nothing proposed on the subject.

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    Re: there is to be..would

    Thank you

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    #7

    Re: there is to be..would

    The have only been a few votes in the poll so far, but 'would' is ahead.

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