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Someone commented following line.

"This time,a vote for Democrats(or any party) would be a vote for progress;a vote for third front would be a vote for instability and indecision."

I don't think that there is need of 'would' here.Election is going to happen.Nothing is hypothetical.Then why is 'will' not used here?

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    The election will happen, but whether one would vote for progress or one would vote for instability and indecision are hypothetical. – Ali Beadle Jan 5 '18 at 17:41
  • @AliBeadle then why do we say that "time will tell" instead of "time would tell", for time donot tells. – ashish7249 Jan 5 '18 at 18:22
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    'Time will tell' is not intended literally but means 'the answer/solution will be known in time'. It is certain, not hypothetical, so in most circumstances will is more appropriate than would. – Ali Beadle Jan 5 '18 at 18:30
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In modern American English you would probably find many people using will rather than would here, correct or not.

The subjunctive seems appropriate because, while the election will happen for certain, the actual disposition of the listener's vote is clearly uncertain given that the speaker is describing options the listener might choose.

Consider that the listener cannot (per default assumptions of typical, non-criminal behavior in voting) vote for more than one candidate for a single position in an election. The speaker is, then, describing the effects of votes the listener might possibly make, with the actual choices represented by the votes themselves not having any grounding in known fact at the time the statement is made.

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