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    would as a future projections

    I wonder would it be correct to use "would" when we talk about future projections, preditiction, especially in writting.

    "By 2050, people aged 15 to 59 in Europe
    would still predominate the other age groups in the sense of majority"

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    Re: would as a future projections

    Quote Originally Posted by cavidhummatov View Post
    I wonder, would it be correct to use "would" when we talk about future projections or predictions, especially in writing?

    "By 2050, people aged 15 to 59 in Europe
    would still predominate the other age groups in the sense of majority."
    It's possible, but note that "would" is generally tentative. However, that sentence is not natural. Try:

    By 2050, people aged 15 to 59 would still be the largest age cohort in Europe.

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    Re: would as a future projections

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    It's possible, but note that "would" is generally tentative.
    that's the reason why I wanted to ask. That's not certain what will happen by 2050, but it's estimated/anticipated that middle aged people will be largest age cohort. I know that there're many other options to use, "is likely/ predicted/estimated to etc" but I particularly want to make sure that whether it's possible to use "would" alternatively in the future indeterminate sense.
    However, that sentence is not natura
    how it's then with that slight alteration (I just don't want to omit the word "predominate" which is good vocabulary) ;
    "By 2050, people aged 15 to 59 would still predominate over the other age groups in the sense of majority."

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    Re: would as a future projections

    Yes, you could use 'would', but if it's not certain, I think you need to make that clear. Also 'predominate over other age groups in the sense of majority' sounds awkward .


    How about:


    It's anticipated that by 2050 the number of people aged 15-59 would predominate.


    Incidentally, we generally used the term 'middle aged' to refer to people who are between about 45 and 60.

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    Re: would as a future projections

    Quote Originally Posted by vickihollett View Post
    It's anticipated that by 2050, the number of people aged 15-59 would predominate.

    Incidentally, we generally use the term 'middle aged' to refer to people who are between about 45 and 60.
    Welcome to the forum, vickihollett.

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    Re: would as a future projections

    Quote Originally Posted by vickihollett View Post
    Yes, you could use 'would', but if it's not certain, I think you need to make that clear. Also 'predominate over other age groups in the sense of majority' sounds awkward .


    How about:


    It's anticipated that by 2050 the number of people aged 15-59 would predominate.


    Incidentally, we generally used the term 'middle aged' to refer to people who are between about 45 and 60.
    I guess you thought that this is individually made up sentence hence you emphasize that it needs to be made clear, right? This is not actually an individual sentence. I'm writing an essay comparing the proportion of people falling into 3 distinct age groups in two countries in two different years, 2000 and 2050. So I need to compare how was the distribution of those specific age groups in 2000 and how it's predicted to be by 2050. Do I still need to make that clear by adding "it's anticipated that" to the begining of the sentence?

    Also 'predominate over other age groups in the sense of majority' sounds awkward .
    Yes. I checked the definition one again and realized that "predominate over something" bear the sense of having power or control over somethin "not any numerical superiority" so indeed, "predominance" without any object would be sufficient and "in the sense of majority" would be redundant.

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