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    will or would in a past sentence

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    - King burned the book because he didn’t want anyone talking about how Babylon will/would tear down Jerusalem.

    I cannot determine which one I should put - will or would. I think 'would' would be OK but cannot make sure of 'will.'

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    Re: will or would in a past sentence

    Babylon is not a modern place name. If it were, either could be correct. As it is not, then would is best.

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    Re: will or would in a past sentence

    I don't find "will" likely in any circumstance.
    If it's a possible future occurrence, "... about how Babylon was/is going to tear down Jerusalem."

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    #4

    Re: will or would in a past sentence

    You need " The king ..."

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    Re: will or would in a past sentence

    Unless it happens that King is the name of the person doing the burning. Highly unlikely, but possible.

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