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    Would, Will, Must, and Shall

    A friend of mine asked me a question.

    Choose one word or phrase that best completes the sentence.

    Do you think Steve _______ be hired for the new vice-president's position?
    (A) would
    (B) will
    (C) must
    (D) shall

    The correct answer is (B) will.

    My friend asked me why.

    In my opinion, the above sentence, “would” is impossible, because it is a sentence in present tense, but “would” will be acceptable, if the sentence is: Do you think Steve would be hired for the new vice-president’s position next month if solved these problems now?

    I don’t think “must” is acceptable, because “must” already includes the meaning of “think.”

    I don’t think “shall” is acceptable, either, because “shall” is used to emphasize that something will definitely happen, or that you are determined that something should happen and already includes the meaning of “think.”

    I am not a native speaker of English. Therefore, I would like to confirm if my explanation is okay.

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    #2

    Re: Would, Will, Must, and Shall

    First, can you tell us where you (or your friend) found that question, please?

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    Re: Would, Will, Must, and Shall

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    First, can you tell us where you (or your friend) found that question, please?
    He said he found it on an Internet website.

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    Re: Would, Will, Must, and Shall

    Perhaps it would be better if your friend joined the forum himself. He can ask his own questions and answer ours directly. "On a website" isn't what we're looking for when we ask for the source. If something is taken from a book, we need the name of the book and the author. If it's taken from a website, it's best to provide a link to the relevant page of that site.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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