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She didn't love him, however she had to put up with him till the kids ......... a bit more.

a. grew up
b. would grow up

I think grammatically "b" is the correct choice here, nonetheless, I have my doubts whether I am right of wrong! I was wondering if you could give me a hand with this question.

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  • why do you think would is necessary?
    – JavaLatte
    Nov 17, 2020 at 12:14
  • Because it happened in an upcoming point of the time in the the past.
    – A-friend
    Nov 17, 2020 at 12:45

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English speakers generally don't use the modals will or would inside temporal or conditional clauses, even where there is clear future meaning:

When I go (not when I will go)

until she comes (not until she will come)

If you see him (not if you will see him)

and in the past

Until they grew up (not until they would grow up).

There are exceptions, but only with special meanings for will and would, for example "Willing to": If he will come does not mean the same as if he comes, it means something like if he agrees to come.

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In your context, "would grow" is incorrect.

You can use "would" in a conditional statement, for example, "She would have left if the kids had been older". But you've already got a conditional statement - her leaving him is conditional on the kids growing up. Their growth is not conditional on anything. There is no doubt that the kids will grow.

"Would", the way you're using it, is the past tense of "will". For example, "she would grow to hate him" means that you already know that happened, but you're speaking about a situation before it did. That isn't the case in your example. If you really wanted to use "would" in this way, you should really say "she would have to put up with him till the kids grew up a bit more".

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