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The overuse of ‘would’

Some believe it is important for cities and towns to invest heavily in building large outdoor public spaces.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

There is a danger of using ‘would’ (imaginary situation/condition) when actually you need: 

  • a modal of possibility (may, might, could)
  • a recommendation/opinion (should)
  • more certainty/a prediction (will)
  • Present Simple (facts)
  • be able to

[Check out the full lesson about ‘will’ and ‘would’ here]

All of the examples I’m using today are taken from Friday Feedback relating to the question above.

How could you improve these sentences?

  1.  I agree the government could allocate the budget on it, provided that it would benefit the people.
  2. I think if the governments preserve more national places, it would be beneficial for everyone.
  3. I believe that the value of open public areas resides in how it would benefit society.
  4. To conclude, I believe that open public spaces would not only provide essential services but also have hidden benefits.
  5. When citizens come to public places they would get the chance to meet new friends and have communication, so the sense of loneliness of citizens would be reduced.
  6. This all could be prevented if people would go for a stroll and exercise in greener areas.
Answers
  1.  I agree the government should allocate the budget on it, provided that it benefits the people.
  2. I think if the governments preserve more national places, it will be beneficial for everyone.
  3. I believe that the value of open public areas resides in how they can benefit society.
  4. To conclude, I believe that open public spaces not only provide essential services but also have hidden benefits. [Fact]
  5. When citizens come to public places they get the chance to meet new friends and have communication, [Fact] so the sense of loneliness might be reduced.
  6. This all could be prevented if people were able to go for a stroll and exercise in greener areas.

More examples

  • In this essay, I will outline how public spending could benefit both the cities and their community.
  • As a consequence, people could improve their mental and physical health at the same time.
  • This may reduce the amount of CO2 emission from traffic and industries. Consequently, air pollution might be improved.
  • As a result, a sense of community might be built.
  • If people feel they are part of societies, public issues might be obtained with more cooperation from their citizens.
  • By doing this, people could reduce their anxiety and stress levels.
  • In my opinion, if governments allocate more funds to public areas, it could have long-term benefits both for residents and governments.

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