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    Question Question about (would-will) and conditionals

    I was in an english test, and i felt confused about one question, it said:

    Complete the sentences with the correct form of a verb in the following box: (several words)

    The sentence was : Many students _______ faster if they work with friend.

    In my opinion the verb that better suited that sentence was "learn" along with would, like "would learn".
    But as far as i know we only use would in past or something like that.
    So, the correcto sentence should be "Many students will learn faster if they work with friend". Now it cames my question. The sentences affirms that the students WILL LEARN FASTER, it doesn't question the fact that they not necessarily will learn faster, i mean, they could learn faster or slower, who knows.

    So, is that sentence ok? or it could be the way i thought at first ("would learn") and still be ok?, grammatically speaking.
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    Re: Question about (would-will) and conditionals

    Yes.

    "Would" can be used as a conditional as well as to talk about the past. "I would take an umbrella if I were going out."

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    Re: Question about (would-will) and conditionals

    Many students _______ faster if they work with a friend.
    The problem with "would work" is that the second verb should be 'worked'.
    'can work'; 'could work'; 'are able to work'.
    Also, the the first verb doesn't have to be 'work'. "Many students can learn faster if they work with a friend.' is a correct answer.
    'Will' is also possible. This is a test of grammar, not of truth. It could be someone's opinion.

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