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    If the condition so requires, a public holiday would be a working day.

    If the condition so requires, a public holiday would be a working day.

    Should 'will' be used instead? Thanks.

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    Re: If the condition so requires, a public holiday would be a working day.

    First of all, your sentence is incorrect grammatically, how ?! When you want to use "if" with would, the " if clause" must be in past present and the result clause has "would". In addition, I am kind of unfamiliar with that use of "the" in your sentence.

    Anyhow, It depends on what you aim to say "your intention". So, in your provided sentence, seams the condition would not happen or require. But, if you want to see that the condition does probably happen/require, you will use "will". Therefore, using "would" with "if" statement, stands for a thing would not happen as a normal or expected deed. Use this page for further help Conditionals

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    Re: If the condition so requires, a public holiday would be a working day.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    If the condition so requires, a public holiday would be a working day.

    Should 'will' be used instead? Thanks.
    I am also struggling with real and unreal situation to decide whether to use will or would. Let see someone can help us.

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    #4

    Re: If the condition so requires, a public holiday would be a working day.

    As a whole, it's quite an unclear sentence.

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    #5

    Re: If the condition so requires, a public holiday would be a working day.

    It's an odd sentence. A public holiday is, by definition, not a working day (ie everyone is allowed to not work that day, regardless of what day of the week it is). I wonder if they mean that they would be happy to allow a public holiday to fall on what would normally be a working day (Monday to Friday, inclusive). However, since the whole point of a public holiday is that it's usually a working day on which no-one has to work, I see little point in them wondering that.

    Where did you find this sentence?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: If the condition so requires, a public holiday would be a working day.

    Thanks. emsr.

    It is a sentence written by a friend of mine. I posted it to check whether the sentence is in order.

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    Re: If the condition so requires, a public holiday would be a working day.

    As you can tell, it caused confusion and we didn't know what it was supposed to mean.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: If the condition so requires, a public holiday would be a working day.

    Thanks, Barb.

    I will let my friend know that her sentence doesn't make sense.

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    Re: If the condition so requires, a public holiday would be a working day.

    I do not find the sentence confusing. To me it means that if need be, people are expected to come to work on a public holiday.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: If the condition so requires, a public holiday would be a working day.

    Quote Originally Posted by engloshy View Post
    First of all, your sentence is incorrect grammatically, how ?! When you want to use "if" with would, the " if clause" must be in past present and the result clause has "would". In addition, I am kind of unfamiliar with that use of "the" in your sentence.
    Engloshy, please read this extract from the forum's Posting Guidelines:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post.

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