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• 09-Mar-2004, 23:15
MikeNewYork
Quote:

Originally Posted by RonBee
Re:
• If you touch a hot stove you will get burned.

Zero conditional?

:)

No, that's a first conditional. It has the future tense in the result clause. Zero conditionals that deal with known facts can also be stated as first conditionals.

If you touch a hot stove, you get burned.
If you touch a hot stove, you will get burned.
• 09-Mar-2004, 23:17
MikeNewYork
Quote:

Originally Posted by RonBee
Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
Quote:

Originally Posted by RonBee
Re:
• After tobacco is lit it burns.

Zero conditional?

:)

Hmmm. Leave it to you to ask a question I can't answer. I am used to zero conditionals beginning with "if" or "when". My instinct is to say no to an "after" sentence, but I can't find a good reason. It is not much different from "when". :?

• When tobacco is lit, it burns.

It means the same thing, eh?

:)

Yes it does. Hence, my stammering. :?
• 10-Mar-2004, 04:08
RonBee
Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
Quote:

Originally Posted by RonBee
Re:
• If you touch a hot stove you will get burned.

Zero conditional?

:)

No, that's a first conditional. It has the future tense in the result clause. Zero conditionals that deal with known facts can also be stated as first conditionals.

If you touch a hot stove, you get burned.
If you touch a hot stove, you will get burned.

Ah, that's interesting. The two statements mean the same thing, but the way it is expressed makes it either a zero conditional or a first conditional.

Hopefully, I will remember what I have learned so far.

:)
• 10-Mar-2004, 16:57
MikeNewYork
Quote:

Ah, that's interesting. The two statements mean the same thing, but the way it is expressed makes it either a zero conditional or a first conditional.

Hopefully, I will remember what I have learned so far.

:)
Of course you will! 8)
• 10-Mar-2004, 23:09
RonBee
First conditional:
• If you touch a hot stove you will get burned.

• If you study hard you can get good grades.

First conditional? Or should it be:
• If you study hard you will get good grades.

Definitely a first conditional, right?

:)
• 11-Mar-2004, 00:15
MikeNewYork
Quote:

Originally Posted by RonBee
First conditional:
• If you touch a hot stove you will get burned.

• If you study hard you can get good grades.

First conditional? Or should it be:
• If you study hard you will get good grades.

Definitely a first conditional, right?

:)

The second is definitely a first conditional. I think the first would qualify also, but I'm not sure of the definition as it applies to other modals. :wink:
• 11-Mar-2004, 00:18
RonBee
• If I choose to work, I will work.

A first conditional, right?

:)
• 11-Mar-2004, 00:25
MikeNewYork
Quote:

Originally Posted by RonBee
• If I choose to work, I will work.

A first conditional, right?

:)

Yes, indeed. :D
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