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    ..he apologised for his comments, then the proceedings against him will be withdrawn.

    Attorney General's Chambers yesterday told Mr Li that if he apologised for his comments, then the proceedings against him will be withdrawn. Mr Li has not done so," she added.

    Can 'apologised' and 'will' be used together in the first sentence above? (The above is from a local newspaper.)

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    Re: ..he apologised for his comments, then the proceedings against him will be withdr

    I would prefer, 'if he apologised... the proceedings against him would be withdrawn.'


    I take it that the Attorney General is called Chambers. If that is the case there should not be an apostrophe s on General. If this was a decision emanating from the Attorney General's chambers (unlikely) then chambers would not be capitalized. Either you have misquoted the paper or the paper is not proofread before going to print.
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    Re: ..he apologised for his comments, then the proceedings against him will be withdr

    No. The sequence of tenses is wrong.

    If he apologized ... would be withdrawn
    If he apologizes ... will be withdrwn

    are both correct, and equivalent in meaning.

    Apologized ... will is incorrect.

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