Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 12th 2014 Contents 8. The reason why I failed the
test is because I did not prepare
9. I must reiterate once more
the message he sent to you.
10. She spoke to the group with
regards to their forthcoming trip.
Answers to the Will and
1.Will . 2. Would 3. Will 4.
Would. 5. Will. 6. Will 7. Will 8.
Would 9. Would 10. Will
Answers to the Vocabulary
1. Owing to (or Because of) the
lecturer s late arrival, the classes
were cancelled. Never begin a sen-
tence with "Due to," as it means
"caused by." Correct use: The can-
cellation of the classes was due to
the lecturer s late arrival.
2. This class comprises 20
participants. (comprises is spe-
3. We were shocked to hear of
death. (Surprised means something
4. I am at present seeking
employment in Canada. (Presently
5. I arrived or I got home or
I came home late last night. (To
reach means to stretch and touch.)
6. We cleaned and polished the
furniture for Christmas. (Furni-
ture is a collective noun.)
7. This sentence is correct as it
stands. (Past tense used in reported
8. The reason why I failed the
test is that I did not prepare for
it. (Or" I failed the test because
I did not prepare for it.)
9. I must reiterate the message
he sent to you. ("Once more" is
10. With regard to---omit "s"---
means with reference to.
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As I started these columns, so am I ending, with will and would. "The wheel
has come full circle," to quote Shakespeare.
Problems persist particularly with the use of will and would. I also persist
in the hope that persistence pays.
There would be a staff meeting at noon today. Incorrect.
Correction: There will be a staff meeting at noon today. "Would" is never
a future-tense word.
Will anyone like to have a cup of tea? No, not will. Would should be used
here as a request. Correction: Would anyone like to have a cup of tea?
Answer: Yes, I would, please.
How to remember: sequence the tenses
I know that you
I knew that you
Would is used as a past tense verb sometimes:
Last year, I would get up early each morning and I would go for a
Would is used also in the conditional mood:
If I could I would help you.
In the same way, making a request is conditioned by your willingness to
comply, so you use the conditional mood:
Would you like to visit our friend tomorrow?
Yes, I would.
Use will or would correctly in the following sentences:
1. Our headquarters .......... be relocated to Couva next January.
2. We .......... like to invite you to a seminar on business writing skills.
3. Your name .......... be listed in the new telephone directory.
4. .......... you prefer us not to mention your generosity to our firm?
5. The general manager and his wife .......... attend the function.
6. It has been announced that the number of national scholarships ..........
7. The steelband .......... accompany the choir.
8. They told us that we .......... be met by a group of singers.
9. .......... you please hurry and complete this exercise?
10. Your mother .......... be pleased when she learns of your success.
Please correct the following sentences, one of which is correct as it
1. Due to the lecturer s late arrival the classes were cancelled.
2. This class is comprised of 20 participants.
3. We were surprised to hear of the security guard s death.
4. I am presently seeking employment in Canada.
5. I reached home late last night.
6. We cleaned and polished the furnitures for Christmas.
7. She told us that we would meet for swimming practice every Monday
Will, would---coming full circle
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