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    Will or Would

    They said your children will be kings

    It should have been would instead of will here, right ?

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    Re: Will or Would

    Not necessarily; if there's still a chance that the prediction could one day be right, then will works.

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    Re: Will or Would

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Not necessarily; if there's still a chance that the prediction could one day be right, then will works.
    So it is not a reported speech ?


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    Re: Will or Would

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    So it is not a reported speech ?
    When the first clause a reported speech sentence is in the past tense, both the relative (would) and absolute (will) forms are possible.

    However this is only possible when the first clause (e.g he said) is in the past.

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