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I am writing a story, but I got stuck on this sentence: No one dared to volunteer, as that meant risking one's life.

Does this sound correct/natural? Or should I change this sentence to: No one dared to volunteer, as that would mean risking one's life.

Which seems better and more correctly stated? Thank you.

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  • EL&U is not a writers' workshop; your question cannot be answered definitively as currently phrased. I would review the help center and see if you can rework it into something suitable to our format.
    – choster
    May 24, 2016 at 16:29

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Both are correct. The choice is yours:

  • If you want to convey that risking one's life is certain if one volunteered, then "No one dared to volunteer, as that meant risking one's life." is better.

  • If you want to express risking one's life as a hypothetical situation or something that might happen if one volunteered, then "No one dared to volunteer, as that would mean risking one's life." is better.

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