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    Default Name the Conditional ....

    Just stumbled across your conditionals section - excellent ! . One of the clearest explanations I've seen of a vast and confusing topic.
    I'm interested in your opinions on the following sentence:
    If you have any questions, just ask.
    How would you classify this ? Zero ? First ? Mixed ? Imperatives seem to make the distinctions a bit murky ... any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks

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    Default Re: Name the Conditional ....

    The imperative is generally thought of as a first conditional, because it doesn't refer to a fact or something that's always the case. In your example, the imperative covers any number of occasions, but it still doesn't fit the zero pattern:

    If they have questions, they ask- description of the situation
    If you have any questions, just ask- creating or altering the situation

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