It was obvious it wouldn't work

mitja

New Member
Italiano - Italia
Hi! Is the sentence "It was obvious their relationship won't work" proper?
I don't think it is, but I heard a native say it. I would say "It was obvious it wouldn't work" or "It was obvious it wouldn't have worked"
Context: a relationship failed and someone says it was obvious it won't/wouldn't/wouldn't have work(ed)
Which one is proper?
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    It's grammatically correct but it doesn't have the meaning intended.

    "It was obvious (in the past) their relationship won't work (in the future)".
    "It was obvious (in the past) their relationship wouldn't work (later, but still in the past)".
     
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