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CONDITIONAL SENTENCES

CONDITIONAL SENTENCES

Date: Oct 28 2008

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作者: nad1a

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CONDITIONAL SENTENCES



As the name suggests, conditional sentences are those that describe a condition and a result that follows. In theory, they may seem a little abstract, but in truth, they are very common in daily conversations.


We may use them for real-life situations, as in:

"If you work hard, you succeed."

"If you work hard, you will get that promotion."



Or use them to describe unreal or imaginary situations:

"If I were rich, I would buy a house on the Bahamas." (but I am not rich.)

"If you had listened to my advice then, you would have been rich now." (but you did not listen)


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For real situations we use the ZERO and FIRST CONDITIONALS:


ZERO CONDITIONAL:

- to describe a general, real situation to say what always or usually happens in a given situation;

- use the present tense in both the condition and the result-clause:

"If you work hard, you succeed."

"If it rains, we stay at home."

"If he is sick, his sister hands in his assignments."


FIRST CONDITIONAL:

- to talk about a probable or certain outcome in the future, or something we believe will happen if the condition is satisfied;

- use the present tense in the condition clause and future tense in the result clause:

"If you work hard, you will get that promotion."

"If it rains tomorrow, we will not go on a picnic."

"If he is still sick next week, his sister will hand in his assignment."



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For unreal situations, we use the SECOND and THIRD CONDITIONALS:


SECOND CONDTITIONAL:

- (1) to give advice or make a suggestion; (2) to talk about what would happen in a situation which is not the case at present;

- use the past simple in the condition clause and would/could/should/might+infinitive in the result-clause:

"If I were you, I wouldn't disturb him"

"If we waited a little longer, we could meet the manager."

"If Mary knew about it, she would tell me."

"If you asked my brother, he would help you."



THIRD CONDITIONAL:

- to talk about what would have happened in a situation which was not the case in the past;

- use the past perfect in the conditional clause and would have/ could have /might have +past participle in the result-clause:

"If you had woken up early, you wouldn't have missed your flight."

"If he had studied harder, he would have passed his exams."

"If she had known, she would have told you."


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OTHER WORDS WE CAN USE INSTEAD OF "IF"


WHEN

"When you get there, you will see her."

"I will come when you call me."


SHOULD

"Should you be unable to answer your calls, we will take your messages."

"Should you require additional information, do not hesitate to phone us."


UNLESS = if...not

"Unless you work hard, you can't succeed."

"Unless she leaves now, she'll be late for the meeting."

"Unless you gave him the facts, he couldn't know."

"Unless they had seen her, they wouldn't have been so angry."


PROVIDED (THAT)

"Provided (that) you know what you want, you can always find a way to get it."

"Provided (that) he passes the test, he will qualify for the finals."
"
Provided (that) she listened, she could hear the bells."

"Provided (that) he had had the money, he would have bought it."


SUPPOSING (THAT)

"Supposing (that) she comes to the party, what will you do?"

"Supposing (that) she won from the lottery, would she lend you any money?"

"Supposing (that) at she ahd seen you there, what would you have done?"

"Supposing (that) he asked you for a loan, what would you say?"


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Notes:


(1)

In the second conditional, it is natural to use 'were' in stead of 'was' for all persons, similarly to what we do in other unreal past structures, such as the wish-clauses (I wish I were rich.)

"If I were you, ..."

"If he were ... , ... "


(2)

The if-clause/condition, can always come after the result-clause.

"Things change when you grow up."

"He will be promoted if he keeps working so hard."

"We would call them if they showed an interest."

"I wouldn't have done it if you had warned me."


--> Observe that in such sentences the clauses are not separated by a comma.


--> The should-clause does not normally come after the result-clause!

(Do not hesitate to call us should you require additional information.)


(3)

In the second and third conditionals, we can omit the word 'if' in the condition-clause and in that case we should invert the subject with the verb as we do in an interrogative sentence:


If I were you, I would call her. --------> Were I you, I would call her.

If I had known, I wouldn't have done it. ---------> Had I known, I wouldn't have done it.


--> In these cases, the result clause cannot come before the conditional clause.

(I wouldn't have done it had I known.)

(I would call her were I you.)


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amany7

amany7

Saudi Arabia

looks cool will read it later
anyhow thanks ..

06:54 PM Mar 16 2009 |

peggyqiu

Afghanistan

thanks

06:34 AM Mar 14 2009 |

MENJURA93

Colombia

HELLO

04:32 AM Mar 13 2009 |

nad1a

nad1a

Greece

Correction: "If I were in Miami, my body wouldn't be freezing. "

10:31 PM Mar 12 2009 |

TUN&TUN

Monaco

if i were in miami iwouldnt freazing my body

 

09:32 PM Mar 12 2009 |

hürkan

Turkey

good points thanks.

10:17 PM Mar 11 2009 |

dodo_dodo

Egypt

iam new canyou learn system

10:24 AM Mar 10 2009 |

dodo_dodo

Egypt

thanik you

10:23 AM Mar 10 2009 |

Richie17

Richie17

Austria

thanks! great advice! :)

10:09 AM Mar 10 2009 |

fantasy1988

China

thanks! it`s great!

09:12 AM Mar 10 2009 |

carefae

Eritrea

Great work! appreciate your helpful effort.

 

06:43 AM Mar 10 2009 |

zh198612080026

China

thanks a lot ,vey helpful for me.

05:43 AM Mar 09 2009 |

Steph91

Steph91

Germany

your explenation is better than my teachers’ one… ;-)

02:28 PM Mar 07 2009 |

Steph91

Steph91

Germany

thanks it's very helpful! =)

02:24 PM Mar 07 2009 |

gano34031

Saudi Arabia

i'm so happy becuase i'm as a member in this web side thank for emailing me i need some time to learn english

03:05 AM Mar 06 2009 |

:-(

India

Zeerak, shouldn't it be like this:

Had I known it before(or If I had known..),

 I wouldn't have studied it again.

ufff, confusing.

 

 

09:35 AM Mar 04 2009 |

:-(

India

 If I practise. only then I can remember these rules.

or Undecided

If I practise, only then can I remember....

Anyway, this lesson is fine.

 

09:25 AM Mar 04 2009 |

:-(

India

thanx!!

09:15 AM Mar 04 2009 |

Zeerak

Zeerak

Australia

If I knew this before, I would not study it again.

03:43 AM Mar 02 2009 |

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