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    would to indicate reporting so else's opinion?

    Hello,

    I would like to know whether the following sentences are correct in a text that is supposed to sum up the main points from an interview in German for an English friend.

    "Only 15 per cent of Britain's teenagers would do sports more than once a week. There would be two main reasons for this: ..."

    I would have chosen either
    "Mr XY explained that only 15 per cent ... did sports more than once a week. He named two reasons for this: .."
    "According to the article only 15 per cent ... do sports ..."

    But I'm not sure whether and why the other version is definetely wrong, if the writer doesn't use any reporting verbs.
    Can you help me there?

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    Re: would to indicate reporting so else's opinion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jokies View Post
    Hello,

    I would like to know whether the following sentences are correct in a text that is supposed to sum up the main points from an interview in German for an English friend.

    "Only 15 per cent of Britain's teenagers would do sports more than once a week. There would be two main reasons for this: ..." I'm not sure either "would" makes sense here. It depends on the context.

    I would have chosen either
    "Mr XY explained that only 15 per cent ... did sports more than once a week. He named two reasons for this: .."
    "According to the article only 15 per cent ... do sports ..."

    But I'm not sure whether and why the other version is definitely wrong, if the writer doesn't use any reporting verbs.
    Can you help me there?
    I agree with you that it's probably wrong. To be totally certain, we'd have to know how the rest of the interview went. For example:

    - The teens would do sports more, but their parents won't allow it.
    - There would be two reasons for this, but now that half of the team members have food poisoning, there are three.

    Unlikely, I'd say, so I think your changes are safe to make.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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