By Saturday night, about 135,500 cubic meters of mud and rocks had been removed from the lake, and the plan to use explosives to blow away the blockage was abandoned because of the channel's completion, Xinhua cited Liu as saying.

According to the plan, the lake -- which has been rising about 1.6 meters daily and was seven meters from the top of its naturally-formed dam -- would spill into its man-made canal between now and Thursday.



canal ( ) n. An artificial waterway or artificially improved river used for travel, shipping, or irrigation.

1. Is man-made redundant?

2. Is 'would' an error?Shouldn't it be will? If not, what is the meaning of 'would' here?

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Use some proper dictionary, will you, please?
Read all the definitions here:
Would: SPEND some time to really understand this (esp. the postings by CalifJim)
Using "would" to make questions
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an artificial waterway for navigation or for draining or irrigating land

Even one of your dictionary entries agrees with mine. In fact, the famous Panama canal is man made as far as I know.
You seem only to post, instead of reading carefully and understanding. Look there at the link I gave you:
2 : channel , watercourse

1 : a natural or artificial channel through which water flows 2 : a stream of water (as a river, brook, or underground stream)
As I understand, some synonyms provided by the dictionary aren't exactly identical even though they are the first level synonyms, meaning the similar meaning words listed for a particular entry. If you look up the synonyms of the synonym, the meaning is slowly drifting from the original and in the end, you may get a word which is not really a synonym through they are still somewhat related. This has happened so many times to me which is why I need some confirmation from experts.

If you think canal doesn't mean artificial waterway, I'll take your word for it as you're an expert. As I said, the dictionary only gives similar words and sometimes, quite different and it doesn't know the context I'm reading.
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would doesn't mean possible in the same way that may and might do. would is actually more definite, more certain, than may or might, because if you say something may be true, it means maybe it's true, and maybe it's not true. would doesn't work that way. would is probably the most difficult word in English to explain!

You wouldn't know him. (~ My guess is that you probably don't know him. ~ I strongly doubt that you know him. ~ There is nothing that leads me to think that you know him.)

A flight to Mars would take more than a year. (In an imaginary world where flights to Mars are ordinary events, a flight to Mars takes more than a year.) [This is a different usage from the usage in the first sentence.]

The weight of insects ... would be greater than the weight of .... (In an imaginary world where we are able to make such measurements, the weight of insects ... is greater than the weight of ....) [Same usage as in the second sentence.]

He would have reached New York. (In an imaginary world where certain conditions were met, he reached New York.)

I thought you would have finished this by now. (In an imaginary world - the imaginary world created by my thoughts - you have already finished this.)

My paraphrases are only approximate. There is no real definition of would. You just need to hear it and imitate it a lot before you start to understand how to use it. A clause with would is most often accompanied by an if clause that reveals more about the imaginary world we are in by expressing a condition.

MH, thanks for the link. I have no problem feeling and understanding CJ's examples except for the first one which I need more time to pick up. As a learner, in some contexts, the right meaning of would is very clear but in some contexts, I can't tell which of the meanings is used. That's when I need some guidance and slowly I'll be able to strenghten my knowledge of would. This is one of the contexts I can't tell. My best guess is it carries the imaginary meaning but why? They have completed the canal, and when the water level rises to the level of the canal, it WILL spill over. That's what confuses me. Hope my confusion is clear to you. Thanks in advance.
CJ is telling you that in his answer in another thread, but you don't read carefully:

As past of will: Anything else will induce the pain in the past becomes Anything else would induce the pain

You should not use shall/will in a past context. Replace them by should/would.
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Would: Indicates something typical or repetitive in the past


# Indicating an action in the past that happened repeatedly or commonly.

In the winters, we would sit by the hole on the frozen lake and fish
for hours.


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