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Would or will?
  1. They were warned that if the rebels did not surrender, severe reprisals ________ follow.
  2. There is a large body of people who ________ use public transport if fares were cut.
  3. She ________ be in pain for the rest of her life, if you could call it a life.
  4. Nobody ________ think badly of you if you fail.
  5. It goes without saying that customers ________ be happier if prices were lower.
  6. It ________ go bad if you don’t put it in the refrigerator.
  7. It ________ be a pity if they had to cancel the show.
  8. If you’re going to succeed in this job you ________ need allies.
  9. If you were given the choice, ________ you prefer a cat or a dog?
  10. If you leave the club, you ________ not be allowed back in.
  11. If you fail the exam you ________ have to take it again.
  12. If you could change three things about your job, what ________ they be?
  13. If she is sent to prison, what ________ become of her children?
  14. If Luke paid more attention in class, he ________ achieve better results.
  15. If I wanted to get a job in advertising, what do you think my chances ________ be?
  16. If I ask for more money ________ you back me up?
  17. I ________ go mad if I had to stay in bed for three weeks.
  18. He’s only got himself to blame if no one ________ talk to him.
  19. Even if the drug is banned, a lot of people ________ go on using it anyway.
  20. ________ my car be safe if I park it in the street?

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