using would + have to in non-conditional sentences

Which timeline (past vs present vs future) does this sentence indicate? Project managers would have to organize copywriters, editors, and designers as well as feedback from clients or other stakeholders. Is it okay to use would + have to in “future imaginary situations” without having an if clause? Answer In a comment, John Lawler wrote: … Read more

What’s the syntactic explanation in “Mistakes are likely to happen”:

I’m con­fused about this sen­tence con­struc­tion: Mis­takes are likely to hap­pen. I’ve thought of three pos­si­ble ex­pla­na­tions; are any of them cor­rect? Where likely is an ad­jec­tive act­ing as a sub­ject com­ple­ment, then to hap­pen acts as some type of ad­verb mod­i­fy­ing likely? (But I don’t know what that type would be if so.) To … Read more

Can “Have to” be used where there is no compulsion, e.g “…let’s listen to what he has to say about the issue”

I have been reading something that gives info about how various faiths answer to a question about the animals. The author makes a research and gives what some faiths say about the issue. And the text has the following sentence: “Among other religions, mormons have a clear position, declaring that yes of course animals can … Read more

“You can be able to…”. vs. “You would/should be able to…”

On many online articles/posts, I’ve seen writer using the sentence “You can be able to…”. Is it because the writer is non-English speaker or that use is grammatically correct? An example would be this online post. If in this post, you search “you can able to” you will find at one place author of the … Read more

Can we use “need” in this way: “You seem to need danger and thrills in your life.”

I have been reading a British newspaper. On the newspaper, a counsellor advises a woman who have risked her life and tried dangerous things and is now upset. So, amongst many other things, councellor says to her: “You seem to need danger and thrills in your life.” Using “need” this way sounded different to me. … Read more

“is to” + verb, “was to” + verb

I’ve got a sentence that I can’t quite well understand. My problem in the sentence is the “were to play” part. How does it change the meaning of the sentence? Does it mean that this was an action in the past that had not taken place? The sentence is: These Jägers were to play a … Read more

What grammar construction is “have/has to be participle”?

Recently I have heard following sentence: “What other basic commands do you think she has to be told? I do understand what does this sentence mean, but I do not fully understand what construction is it grammar-wise? My guessing that it is “-have to + passive voice-“ combination here, where “-have to-” is that “kind-of-modal-verb-but-overly-not“, … Read more