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Consider the following two sentences:

  1. Because the more time a person invests into specific interests, the better their results.
  2. Because the more time a person will invest into their specific interests, the better their results.

Why is it that the first one is preferred on stylistic grounds?

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Practise makes perfect, is one of the many idioms. Your first sentence sounds fine. You can drop the "because." Most of the time this is well known by everyone and goes without saying. –  Chris Jan 23 '13 at 23:47
    
Great! Thank you for the help. –  Asya Saryan Jan 23 '13 at 23:57
    
Both "sentences" are dependent clauses, not independent clauses. That's fine if you're writing informally or answering your own question. Delete "because" and both are independent clauses & complete sentences. Change "into" to "in" & sentence 1 is good. Sentence 2 is incorrect because will invest isn't justified by the lack of context you've provided (there might be a reason to use will, but I can't see one in your Q). "The more time a person invests in specific interests, the better their results" is a complete sentence. –  user21497 Jan 24 '13 at 0:01
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I’m taking it that you’re interested in the different verb forms in each example. The present tense can be used to express a general truth, such as ‘Water boils at 100 degrees centigrade’, and this is how it is being used in (1).

In (2) the modal verb will + the plain form of invest gives a rather different emphasis. It suggests that a certain amount of volition is required in following the advice offered. It’s less a question of one or the other being preferred on stylistic grounds, and more a question of what meaning the writer is trying to express.

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As others have pointed out, these are dependent clauses, and in my school, we were taught there are essentially three categories of dependent clauses, based on their tense:

If you work hard, you will succeed.

If you worked hard, you would succeed.

If you had worked hard, you would have succeeded.

These all carry different sense and meaning, but if we use this template to judge your sentences, your first sentence is correct because it falls in the template. And second one doesn't.

Maybe what you're stating is a fact, or a general observation, and hence the first sentence from the template makes more sense.

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These are conditional sentences, and, as such, illustrate only one type of independent clause. –  Barrie England Jan 24 '13 at 8:33
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Thank you Barrie :) –  Saad Rehman Shah Jan 27 '13 at 18:01
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