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I thought the answer to the question below is ‘would’ due to the presence of ‘should’. However, the answer key says ‘would’ is the answer.
I don’t understand why ‘will’ instead of ‘would’ is the correct answer. So confused
If the thief should come again, the police will/would arrest him immediately.
Thank you for teaching me!
I assume you meant to say that the answer key says 'will' is the answer.
1. "If he comes again, the police will arrest him."
2. "If he came again, the police would arrest him."
Using "should come" makes it indicative present tense, not subjunctive, and 'will' is appropriate as in 1.