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I don't know which sentence is correct for my formal letter?

  1. As a foreigner will I need any work permit or personal accident insurance?
  2. As a foreigner would I need any work permit or personal accident insurance?

My teacher said that "will" is not correct but she also said that "summer" has to be "Summer", so I don't know if this sentence is correct or incorrect.

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    Will is correct, as is would. Summer doesn't need to be capitalised according to three dictionaries I checked, unless it's at the start of a sentence. – GreaseMonkey Oct 8 '13 at 15:59
  • I agree with Jez’s answer, except I believe that “As a foreigner” needs to be followed by a comma. (And, of course, “Summer” is capitalized if it’s a person’s name, but not a season.) – Scott Jun 5 '14 at 15:01
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They are both correct. The would one sounds less direct and is probably a good choice if you want to be somewhat polite.

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Would sounds conditional or hypothetical, so it should be used when expressing a possibility rather than an expected event. For example:

I am going abroad to Russia. As a foreigner will I need any work permit or personal accident insurance?
I might go abroad to Russia. As a foreigner would I need any work permit or personal accident insurance?

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"Would" is more polite than "will" (cf Noah). But it still bears a hint of your own wish or will.

I would write "Should", which is submissive to the regulations, and that you have no idea to challenge them.

  • “should I get” or “should I have” are acceptable alternatives; “should I need” is not. – Scott Jun 5 '14 at 14:55

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