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    Red face Will versus Would


    Could you help me decide which form of the auxiliary verb to use? Areboth forms grammatically correct? Does choice of one or the other depend on thedegree of probability we attach to the statements we make, as insentences 2 and 3?

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    1. The Commission announced in December 2015 that it will / would...
    2. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated that power will / would only be restored if Crimea rejoins /ed Ukraine.
    3. Weeks earlier, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had changed its bailout policy, allowing Ukraine to receive IMF loans — Kyiv's main source of external funding — even if it does / did not pay back Russia's 2013 'political' loan.
    4.Dutch authorities stated on 3 January 2016 that they will / would investigate.
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    Re: Will versus Would

    1 Both work. I could use will if the thing announced is still in the future at the time of writing.
    2 This one depends on the probability for me. As it is the Ukrainian President, he might want to sound more optimistic about this than his Russian counterpart.
    3 Again, this one depends on the probability for me.
    4 Same as 1 for me.

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