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

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    Quote 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.

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

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    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.

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    Quote 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 I be wrong about this, I will not survive my ordeal.
    If that be the case, I will hear about it on Monday.

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


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    P.S. How about:
    • A Kerry administration would be a disaster.

    Is that a first conditional?

    :wink:

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