Student or Learner
I read this sentence in an article
It would be of value to learn what these activities involved and whether he had been misleading his doctors regarding his injuries
Is "would be of value" present tense? can one use "will be of value"
What tense is it?
Some authorities consider that will and would are two modals that have no tense forms as such.
Others consider that would is the past-tense form of will.
Some traditional grammars consider will + bare infinitive to be the future tense in English. Will + bare infinitive has been referred to as a conditional form.
As we know, "would" is a strange and flexible word, that must drive many ESL students to despair.
"It would be of value to learn..." means 'I think we should know...". It expresses an opinion in the present.
I would say that he should get the promotion. = I think he should get the promotion.
Why I said "would be of value" is present tense is because it is not past tense and neither is it future tense or conditional.
That does not make it a 'present' tense.
Theoreticaly that is true, But I don't think "It would be of value" is any more tenseless than the following present tense 'sentences'.
It (can)(should)(might)(must)(could)(would) be the answer.