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    will or would?

    Hello, teachers!

    Which of the following is/are common?

    1. You should wear warmer clothes for fear you would catch cold.

    2. You should wear warmer clothes for fear you will catch cold.

    By the way, is there any difference in meaning bewteen #1 and #2?


    Thank you very much for your help in advance.

    yam

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    Re: will or would?

    Neither sentence is natural. We don't use 'for fear of' in that way.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 17-Nov-2016 at 08:30. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: will or would?

    We usually use "for fear of" with a negative.

    I don't cross the road there for fear of getting run over.
    She doesn't leave the house in the depths of winter for fear of freezing to death.
    He never drives anywhere without his sat nav for fear of getting lost.

    It should be noted that it's not very commonly used in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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