I have a problem with the bold part of this paragraph:

Harmondsworth is under threat because London and southeastern England need more airport capacity to meet the growing demands of business travellers and tourists. Heathrow and Gatwick have offered competing projects. Whichever proposal is selected, homes will be destroyed and surviving neighbourhoods will have to cope with increased noise, pollution and traffic.

Why is the present tense used there? All we know that projects are offered, so I opted between "whichever proposal would be selected" or "whichever proposal will be selected", but "is selected" is supposed to be right (it was the "fill in the gaps" task).

  • It's reasonable to use the simple present for future events that are certain. I can't explain how to combine this with the use of "whichever" (which is why I don't write this as an answer) but recognize that the statement is certain one or the other proposal will be selected, and will result in some consequence. – Andrew May 5 at 2:52

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