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CONDITIONAL SENTENCES - TYPE 1


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There are three main types of Conditional sentences:
TYPE 1: LIKELY OR PROBABLE popularly known as OPEN CONDITIONAL SENTANCES

This type of sentences implies that the action in the "IF-CLAUSE" is quite probable and if the condition is fulfilled,then the verb of main clause denotes that something will certainly take place.

RULE:



In such type of sentences, the verb in the CONDITION CLAUSE is used in SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE and the verb in the MAIN CLAUSE is in the SIMPLE FUTURE TENSE.

EXCEPTION:



In the case of UNIVERSAL, SCIENTIFIC Truths...the verb of the MAIN CLAUSE can either be used in SIMPLE FUTURE TENSE or in SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE. For eg:
If you heat water, it will turn to vapour.
OR
If you heat water, it turns to vapour.


Sample Usage

Examples with some common errors...



Example 1:

Wrong way: If it will rain, we will cancel the match.
Right way: If it rains, we will cancel the match.

Explanation: As mentioned above, the condition clause will always be in Simple present and not in the future tense in type 1 sentences.

Example 2:

Wrong way: Unless Nidhi will apologize,she will not get her job back.
Right way: Unless Nidhi apologizes, she will not get her job back.

Example 3:

Wrong way: He will succeed if he will work hard.
Right way: He will succeed if he works hard.

Explanation: It does not make much difference which clause comes first,although the clause you want to stress can be written first.

Example 4:
Wrong way: If he will invite me,I'll attend the party.
Right way: If he invites me,I;ll attend the party.


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