1. ## puzzled

What's a first, second,third and zero conditional ?

2. ## Re: puzzled

Originally Posted by chinatown
What's a first, second,third and zero conditional ?
These designations are based on the verb tenses in the "if" clause and the result clause:

zero: same tense in both clauses (used for habit or established fact)
If/when water is cooled to 32 degrees, it freezes.
If/when I ate at Joe's, I had the linguini and clam sauce.

first: present tense in the "if" clause, future tense in the result clause
If I get that raise, I will buy a new car.

second: past tense in the "if" clause, present conditional in the result clause
If got that raise, I would buy a new car.

third: past perfect tense in the "if" clause, past conditional in the result clause
If I had gotten that raise, I would have bought a new car.

3. Originally Posted by tdol
http://usingenglish.com/articles/english-conditionals.html
Very Good! :wink: :wink: :wink:

4. Originally Posted by tdol
But you just mentioned them.

5. Teachers, please post some examples of sentences using the first conditional. (I don't think I ever learned about conditionals before I visited this website.)

Please post at least three examples of the first conditional, and and please provide an explanation.

:)

6. Originally Posted by RonBee
Teachers, please post some examples of sentences using the first conditional. (I don't think I ever learned about conditionals before I visited this website.)

Please post at least three examples of the first conditional, and and please provide an explanation.

:)
1. If I post three examples of a first conditional, RonBee will be satisfied.
2. If I don't post three examples of a first conditional, RonBee will be sad.
3. If I finish this example, my task will be completed.

In the first conditional, the "if" clause (condition) is in the present tense and the result clause is in the future. Fulfillment of the conditional in the present will result in a future action. We can use the subjunctive with a first conditional, but it is rare these dats, outside of the poetry world. If the condition is speculative, known to be false, or unlikely to be true, we can use the verb "be" with all persons in the "if" clause.

If John Kerry be elected, we will be doomed.
If this be treason, we will make the most of it.
If that be the case, I will hear about it on Monday.

7. I think I am learning. It will take a while, but I think I am getting there. Thanks, Mike!

• A Kerry administration would be a disaster.

Is that a first conditional?

:wink:

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