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Dear Sir

I learnt the use of "will be + Verb ing" in English that something going to happen in the very near future.

For example : "I will be doing it very soon" OR "They will be coming here within five minutes."

But what is the meaning of the "would be + V ing" in the below sentence?

"I did not know if anyone would even want to publish my writing. Then I saw an ad saying a big magazine called Chitrakeralam was coming from Madras. Many eminent writers would be writing for it."

Source : https://www.sahapedia.org/mt-v...nan-lifetime-writing

Thanks in advance

Kindest regards

Sundaran

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Hi, Sundaran,

@Sundaran posted:

I learnt the use of "will be + Verb ing" in English that something going to happen in the very near future.

For example : "I will be doing it very soon" OR "They will be coming here within five minutes."

It doesn't need to be in the very near future. The future progressive is used to refer to something taking place at some time in the future, whether near or distant:

- This time next year I will be traveling to Dubai.

@Sundaran posted:

But what is the meaning of the "would be + V ing" in the below sentence?

"I did not know if anyone would even want to publish my writing. Then I saw an ad saying a big magazine called Chitrakeralam was coming from Madras. Many eminent writers would be writing for it."

In this case, the conditional progressive is used as a reported or backshifted version of the future progressive:

The ad said: A big magazine called XXX is coming from Madras and many eminent writers will be writing there.

Reported/Backshifted version: I saw an ad according to which many eminent writers would be writing for a big magazine called XXX that was coming from Madras.

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