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    Climate change could have disastrous effects on Earth.

    Can we use "Would" or "may/migh" in the sentence below?

    Climate change could have disastrous effects on Earth.

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    Re: Climate change could have disastrous effects on Earth.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah-Betty View Post
    Can we use "would," "may," or "might" in the sentence below?

    Climate change could have disastrous effects on Earth.
    Yes. You could also use "will."

    The right word depends on the context. In most cases, "could," "might," or "will" would probably be better than "would" or "may."
    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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    Re: Climate change could have disastrous effects on Earth.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah-Betty View Post
    Can we use "Would" or "may/might" in the sentence below?

    Climate change could have disastrous effects on Earth.
    For me, could, may, and might are all about the same.
    Saying "will" means you know it is a certain thing.

    If you replace "could" with "would" you need more context.

    For example, you can be quoting someone who used "will" in the past: Dr. Peter Parker has been saying climate change would have disastrous effects on Earth for 20 years, and only now are people paying attention.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Climate change could have disastrous effects on Earth.

    If you replace "could" with "would" you need more context.
    Thanks Barb__D.
    However, I don't want to use "would" in the past situation. I want to use "would" in the present or future time to talk about probability or likelihood of something. That's why I wanted to know if "would" could be a good option or not.

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