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Once you send me your final SOP, I will place it in the main document.

Or should it be "would place" in the main document since it is conditional?

Thank you

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    I would say that you should use will. Would would be the past tense.
    – John K
    Oct 6, 2015 at 21:59

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In this particular situation, the correct word is "will". If instead you used the word "would", it would lead onto "but...", for example:

"Once you send me your final SOP, I would place it in the main document, but I cannot access it."

Emphasis would be placed on the word "would" in this case.

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Once you send me your final SOP, I will place it in the main document.

It is not conditional because you assume the SOP will be sent. You can make it conditional by using 'if'. In that case you simply have to match tenses.

  1. If you send me your final SOP, I will place it in the main document.

  2. If you sent me your final SOP, I would place it in the main document.

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