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President Donald Trump will sign compromise signing legislation that would avert another government shutdown and declare a national emergency to get more money for a border wall from the other parts of the federal budget.


I found this in a news article. My question is why is would used in the sentence? Why is not will used instead? How does would work in the sentence? Please help.

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It does sound to me like it should be will.

Or perhaps it means that the legislation would do these things if the possibility of a shutdown loomed in the future, ie hypothetically. But the part about the emergency and the funds for the wall doesn't seem hypothetical.

Clive

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Clive

It does sound to me like it should be will.

Or perhaps it means that the legislation would do these things if the possibility of a shutdown loomed in the future, ie hypothetically. But the part about the emergency and the funds for the wall doesn't seem hypothetical.

Clive

Thank you for your response. I found the article at http://fortune.com/2019/02/14/trump-to-sign-border-bill-and-declare-emergency-mcconnell-says/ . It’s the first paragraph. You think it’s hypothetical for sure? Thank you again.

There are several 'woulds' in that article. I'm not really sure what to think.

Perhaps the bill is considered hypothetical until he signs it.

Clive

There are several 'woulds' in that article. I'm not really sure what to think.

Perhaps the bill is considered hypothetical until he signs it.

I am talking about the very first paragraph in the article. There is only one would in the first paragraph.

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I was talking about the entire article. I read it, using the link you provided.

Clive

Clive

I was talking about the entire article. I read it, using the link you provided.

Clive

I think Trump signing the legislation is not hypothetical. What is hypothetical is the second government shutdown. For eg. the legislation would avert it if the second government shutdown happened.