Reply to "will"

David, Moderator posted:
tara posted:

Why is "will" used? Can't it be "would"?

"Therefore, you decide that, after interviewing each applicant, if that applicant is better qualified than the current office assistant, you will fire the current office assistant and hire the new applicant. You are willing to pay the resulting price of this strategy, but you wish to estimate what that price will be."

From "Introduction to Algorithms by Thomas H. Cormen"

Hi, Tara,

Yes, "would" could have been used instead of "will" there. Both are OK. "Would" would have given the sense of a Type 2 conditional, whereas "will" gives the sense of the a Type 1 conditional, which the author already used in the preceding sentence. Therefore "will" is a bit more consistent with the rest of the text.

  • [Y]ou wish to estimate what that price will be [if you fire the current office assistant and hire the new applicant].
  • [Y]ou wish to estimate what that price would be [if you fired the current office assistant and hired the new applicant].

Thank you very much

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