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Consider this sentence:

I study medicine too, but am I ready to act like them in a similar situation?

Suppose you finished reading a book about the actions of some people in battle filed. Now you want to put yourself in their shoes. Should I use "am" or "would be" in the sentence above?

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  • Both would work.
    – user68912
    Commented Feb 20, 2018 at 11:42

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The difference would be dependent on what you are trying to say.

Consider the 2 possibilities:

  1. I study medicine too, but am I ready to act like them in a similar situation?

  2. I study medicine too, but would I be ready to act like them in a similar situation?

#1 is questioning are you ready in this present moment in time if in a similar situation? Whereas

#2 is questioning would you be ready in the future in a similar situation?.

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