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  • He thinks it is a smart thing to do.
  • He thinks it were a smart thing to do.
  • He thinks it would be a smart thing to do.

Are all of them possible? And again which is the preferred choice when talking about something he considers a smart thing to do?

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    Using present indicative "he thinks", you would say: He thinks it is/would be a smart thing to do. – user5267 Oct 26 '16 at 19:50
  • Okay thanks and in which scenario would the subjunctive make sense? – ChadThunder Oct 26 '16 at 19:56
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    The use of conditional suggests that you are considering the pros and cons and that you think that it may be a smart course of action. – user5267 Oct 26 '16 at 19:59
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    The subjunctive would be revealed in a dependent clause such as: "He would do it if it were the smart thing to do." It requires an action or state that is unknown to the speaker at the time of speaking. (There is no subjunctive in any of your examples.) – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Oct 26 '16 at 20:33
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He thinks it is a smart thing to do.

He thinks it were a smart thing to do.

He thinks it would be a smart thing to do.

The first is a simple statement "A is B".

The second is incomplete, since the were construction is usually part of a "if-then" conditional:

He thinks if it were a smart thing to do ... (everyone would do it).

The third is implicitly incomplete, since would is used in hypothetical sentences, usually with an "if" conditional:

He thinks it would be a smart thing to do (if he only had the time)

It's not absolutely necessary to explicitly state the condition where it is true, but by using "would" you do imply that there is some condition.

As with anything, which you choose to use depends on what you want to say.

I think you will vote in the election.

I think, if you were to vote in the election, it would be good.

I think you would vote in the election, if you thought it was a good thing to do.

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