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I'd like to know which one of the following is correct:

  • I would like to have a job which I will like and which will earn me a lot of money.
  • I would like to have a job which I would like and which would earn me a lot of money.

My guess is it's the second one, but I'm not sure.

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@Carlo_R.: OK, please accept my newbie apologize. I'll take ELL at account. Thank you. – Lukas Z. Apr 20 '13 at 17:59
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Personally, I'd use that instead of at least the first which, but that's really just a stylistic choice.

And there's no reason to cast like or earn as future/conditional. More natural phrasing would be...

"I would like to have a job that I like, and which earns me a lot of money."

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Fumble, please, don't answer to too basic questions. Rather, if any, invite the asker to create an account on ELL. Otherwise, we will never see ELL in the standard phase. Thank you. – user19148 Apr 20 '13 at 18:06
@Carlo_R.: I'm not sure how "basic" the underlying issue here is. I can't explain exactly why neither of the verbs like and earn need to be future tense in my rephrasing, even though both clearly refer to future activities. And I certainly can't explain why it would be very unnatural to use future tense for like, even though there'd be nothing particularly unusual about will earn there. – FumbleFingers Apr 21 '13 at 15:59

This is extracted from a news report from the Guardian. The use of “would” in this context does not seem to have been covered by any grammar book. It is not future in the past. It is not conditional. It does not look like hedging or tentative which usually appears in the forms of “it would appear” or “it would seem that” any one has any idea?

Now the proposed law “would” provide a legal framework that “would” make domestic abuse a specific offence and “would” allow for the examination of an offender's course of conduct over a period of time. Supporters say this “would” encourage more women to report a crime that is often neglected by the criminal justice system, sometimes with tragic consequences. Research shows that the average victim does not report abuse until subjected to at least 30 incidents. Only 30% of reports to police result in arrest and only one in six reports lead to a charge.

The law “would” see domestic abuse categorised as both physical and psychological and perpetrated against the victim or the victim's children. It “would” define abuse as "intentionally, wilfully or recklessly causing, or attempting to cause, physical injury or psychological harm to a person" and introduce protective orders prohibiting an abuser from making contact with their victim.

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