Hi there, do will and would both sound right in the given context as an English speaker to you?

  • Communism is an ideological and a socialpolitical movement. Its aim is to set up a communist society. This society would/will be based on the common ownership of the means of production and would lack social classes, money, and a state.

Communism - Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In this article on Wikipedia would is used.

 

As I have understood I think it is like conditional sentences. Am I right?

  1. This society would be based on the common ownership of the means of production and would lack social classes, money, and a state, if it were ever set up. (It is not certain whether such a society will be set up or not)
  2. This society will be based on the common ownership of the means of production and would lack social classes, money, and a state, if it is ever set up. (It is almost certain such a society will be set up )
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subhajit123 posted:

Hi there, do will and would both sound right in the given context as an English speaker to you?

  • Communism is an ideological and a socialpolitical movement. Its aim is to set up a communist society. This society would/will be based on the common ownership of the means of production and would lack social classes, money, and a state.

Hi, Subhajit,

Neither "will" nor "would" sounds right. It would be better to combine the third sentence with the second:

  • Communism is an ideological and a social-political movement. Its aim is to set up a communist society—a society based on . . . .

There are other problems with the passage. I'd rather not fix the whole thing.

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