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    That's why it won't/wouldn't take as long as if he had a patent.

    The reason why my case won't take long to settle. I say:

    That's why it won't/wouldn't take as long as if he had a patent.

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    Re: That's why it won't/wouldn't take as long as if he had a patent.

    If you know your case is going forward, that he doesn't have a patent, and hence it will not take as long to settle, use "will".
    "My case won't take as long to settle as it would if he had a patent." [But he doesn't]
    Also:
    If you are uncertain of any of these (ie. and there's a conditional), use "would" or "will" with appropriate verb.
    For example,
    "My case won't take as long to settle if he doesn't have a patent."
    "My case wouldn't take long to settle if he didn't have a patent."
    "If I decided to proceed, it wouldn't take as long, because he doesn't have a patent."
    "If I decide to proceed, it won't take as long, because he doesn't have a patent."
    (There's not much to choose between the above two pairs)
    Last edited by Raymott; 30-Apr-2014 at 06:36.

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