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If I do not know about something and I just guess about it what verb should be used "will" or "would"? For example in the following sentences I do not know the reality I just guess, so what verb should be used??

  1. The woman sitting next to the man will/would be his wife.

  2. My friend works in a big company, his salary will/would be more than 5000 dollars.

  3. My friend is in love with a girl, he will/would marry her.

  4. The man, who is wearing a white coat, will/would be a doctor.

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  • If you're just guessing, shouldn't you use should? (Although I guess that doesn't work with 3, because it'll get confused with the ought to meaning of should.) Apr 3 '15 at 14:40
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Your sentences modified to express uncertainty by using correct subjunctive mood forms:

I assume that he woman sitting next to the man /should be/must be/ his wife.

My friend works in a big company. I /think/guess/assume/ his salary might be more than 5000 dollars.

My friend is in love with a girl. There's a chance he might marry her.

I guess the man wearing a white coat /must be/should be/ a doctor.

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The solution to your question lies in tense agreement. Remember that there must be verb-tense agreement and consistency in using the tense. You should avoid mixing tenses as far as possible.

Thus, using this guideline, the sentences can be restructured as:

The woman who sat next to the man would be his wife.

My friend works in a big company, hence, his salary is likely more than 5000 dollars.

The man, who is wearing a white coat, is a doctor.
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  • Note that hence is not a conjunction, but rather a conjunctive adverb, and so must have a semicolon or period before it instead of a comma.
    – Anonym
    Apr 3 '15 at 6:57
  • ah yes, i know that, forgot in the haste to post :P
    – Mamta D
    Apr 3 '15 at 7:10

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