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"I will not accept the truth that I will be jealous if you have a boyfriend unless you accept the truth that you will be jealous if I have a girlfriend," said Phil.

Is this sentence correct or should I use 'would' in the places where I have used 'will'? Or should I use 'would' only when there is 'had' in the places of 'have'?

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The main difference between will and would. With will, you state a fact about what you plan to do. With would, you place conditions on what you plan to do.

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1) "I will not accept the truth that I will be jealous if you have a boyfriend unless you accept the truth that you will be jealous if I have a girlfriend"

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2) "I will not accept the truth that I would be jealous if you had a boyfriend unless you accept the truth that you would be jealous if I had a girlfriend"

both qualify as standard English usage. They differ in the degree to which they describe a hypothetical situation. Both versions describe a potential situation rather than an actual one, but that situation is further removed from the present in version 2) than it is in version 1).

All that being said, I found your query sentence difficult to understand without reading it more than once. It would benefit from being simplified -- for instance:

3) "I won't admit that I'll get jealous if you have a boyfriend unless you admit that you'll get jealous if I have a girlfriend"

  • @ Eric, I'll go with your third sentence. Sounds great. Thank you :) – Feona May 15 '14 at 3:35
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As far as I know by using "would" you describe a situation ( conditional clause type 2) that is "very unlikely to happen". Also you can use it to talk about the result of "an imagined situation".

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