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    Tense

    Hello All,

    I saw this question in our tense quiz. I thought the right answer would be "will be", but I find both answers to be correct.

    Please tell me how "is" could be an answer here.

    Q2 - If hundreds of people have to go through a small door, the funnel effect ___ inevitable.
    is
    will be
    Either could be used here.
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    Re: Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    Hello All,

    I saw this question in our tense quiz. I thought the right answer would be "will be", but I find both answers to be correct.

    Please tell me how "is" could be an answer here.

    Q2 - If hundreds of people have to go through a small door, the funnel effect ___ inevitable.
    is
    will be
    Either could be used here.
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    I would pick "is" as the more correct answer.
    "If A happens, B is inevitable." Or, "B becomes inevitable".
    It's hypothetical, and both clauses are expressed in the present tense.
    However, a clause in the present tense can be read with a future meaning, so reading the first clause with future meaning allows "will be" to be used in the second clause.

    This could also be expressed in the conditional:
    If hundreds of people had to go through a small door, the funnel effect would be inevitable.

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