English Learner Article English Conditionals: Zero Conditional

Summary: How to use the zero conditional in English

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Zero Conditional: Certainty

The Zero conditional is used for things that are always true as long as the condition is met.

IF Condition Result Situation
  present simple present simple  
If you heat water to 100 degrees celsius, it boils. fact- universal
  present simple present simple  
If I drink coffee, I get a headache. fact- personal

In these examples, the result will always occur if the condition is met, so the time is not important.

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