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    it would serve no purpose

    I'm sorry, but does this "would" mean "the future from the past" or "the present or future"? It's confusing. It seems the latter.

    4)Timothy Mcveigh, who murdered 168 people when he blew up a federal building in Oklahoma City, wanted his execution to be televised. At the time some people thought that watching a broadcast of a criminal being put to death would have therapeutic effects for a wide audience of veiwers, claiming that it might even help the families of the criminal's victims to see justice served in this way. Still, it would serve no purpose for the rest of society. As a matter of fact, it might harm society by encouraging its members to enjoy the savagery of public executions like those that once entertained people in the past...

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    Re: it would serve no purpose

    Maybe it's present tense.

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    Re: it would serve no purpose

    Conditional.
    "At that time" [if it were to happen] it would serve no purpose.
    "At that time" [it is certain to happen and] it will serve no purpose.
    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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