It can be very confusing when you see different conditional sentences while you are trying to learn English.
Oh… did you just ask me what the conditionals are? Alright, let me try to explain.
The root of the word conditional is condition which means ‘clause, stipulation, provision’ or it can be translated as ‘условие’ just in case you know Russian.
Now if we examine what a conditional sentence is, it is important to note that a conditional sentence has a condition in itself.
“If you read a lot of books, your worldview will be wider.”
Condition here is “If you read a lot of books,…”
Do you want your worldview to be wider? Read more books.
Condition --> If you don’t read more books, you will not have a wide worldview.
Alright, if you have understood what the conditional sentence is, now let’s talk about the situations where you can use it.
There are basically 3 situations where it is widely used.
Use it when you …
Are you good at something and often times your friends come and ask you for advice? Then next time you speak to them, you most probably should use the first conditional. Take away your 3 example sentences:
If you see people in your life are in a situation which can bring to some catastrophic results very soon, you should also use the first conditional. Otherwise, they will simply not understand what you want to say. Take a look at the example sentences below:
If you are having a conflict with someone these days, first conditional sentences structures will help solve your problems. See the example sentences below:
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