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    Future tense in conditional clause

    Hello,

    When expressing the future in a conditional clause, we use the present simple tense. My question is: Can we use the present continuous as well -- even if it doesn't express a future arrangement?

    Is this sentence correct? "If it's raining tomorrow, we'll stay at home."

    Thank you.
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    Re: Future tense in conditional clause

    I'd use it if there were a good chance of rain; if it were raining at the time of speaking, for example, or had been rainy recently.

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    Re: Future tense in conditional clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'd use it if there were a good chance of rain; if it were raining at the time of speaking, for example, or had been rainy recently.
    Interesting. So does it imply the word "even"?

    For example, "If it's raining even tomorrow, we'll stay at home."

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