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    I am confusing by the four conditional. Could you tell me what are zero, first, second and third conditional and give some examples?

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    Default Re: About the zero, first ...conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by bettysuy
    I am confusing by the four conditional. Could you tell me what are zero, first, second and third conditional and give some examples?
    First you are "confused by" not "confusing by".

    Zero Conditional: used for habitual actions or accepted facts
    It is created by if/when + two clauses with the same tense in each clause.

    When I ate at Joe's, I had the ravioli. (past-past)
    If I work late on a Tuesday, I take a taxi home. (present -present)

    First Conditional: if + present tense, then future tense
    If I pass this exam, (then) I will be promoted.

    Second conditional: if + past tense, then present conditional
    If I passed this exam, (then) I would be promoted.
    If I were king (subjunctive), (then) I would eliminate all taxes.

    Third conditional: if + past perfect, then past conditional
    If I had passed this exam, I would have been promoted.

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