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I was recently assigned to write about the Franco-Prussian War, and wanted to write at the end that "German strength and French revanchism would become causes of World War I." How would you translate this "would become" into Russian? I thought of either "стали" or "станут", but this doesn't seem to be an exact translation of forms like "would become".

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Well, by meaning it's something like:

Немецкая мощь и французский реваншизм впоследствии станут причиной Первой мировой войны.

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Сила немцев и реваншизм французов в итоге станут одними из причин Первой мировой войны.

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  • So there's no direct translation and the future is the correct option, thank you.
    – Ilya
    Dec 21, 2020 at 11:44
  • From my perspective "стали" could be used as well. However, it seems that the story is told before the WWI, so the future is more approprate
    – nwolijin
    Dec 23, 2020 at 23:10
  • There is nothing wrong with "станут причиной"
    – bioffe
    Jan 4, 2021 at 22:26

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