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    Conditionals and conjunctions

    I have just read the following in a magazine and I'm not sure about the use of 'if' and 'so' in the same sentence:

    If you want to watch an English movie so come and join in.

    I'm also having difficulty with 'Don't hesitiate and come!' Surely this should be 'Don't hesitate to come!'

    Help!

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Conditionals and conjunctions

    Quote Originally Posted by christinamarisa View Post
    I have just read the following in a magazine and I'm not sure about the use of 'if' and 'so' in the same sentence:

    If you want to watch an English movie so come and join in.

    I'm also having difficulty with 'Don't hesitiate and come!' Surely this should be 'Don't hesitate to come!'

    Help!

    Many thanks.
    ***NOT a teacher***(1) Yes, I agree with you: If you want to watch an English movie, come and join in/ just come in and join us. (2) Yes: Don't hesitate to come! / Don't hesitate. Just come.

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    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Conditionals and conjunctions

    Quote Originally Posted by christinamarisa View Post
    Thank you very much.
    You are very welcome. Have a nice day!

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    Re: Conditionals and conjunctions

    Both sentences sound quite normal (and grammatically correct) to me.
    I would agree that so in the former sentence is superfluous but and in the latter is not.
    I'd be grateful if somebody could explain it more thoroughly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greegorush View Post
    Both sentences sound quite normal (and grammatically correct) to me.
    I would agree that so in the former sentence is superfluous but and in the latter is not.
    I'd be grateful if somebody could explain it more thoroughly.
    You are absolutely right. When you use ‘if’ in a sentence, it becomes a conditional sentence which can fall into three types. Any conditional sentence consists of two clauses, an "if" clause and a main clause. The simple present tense is the tense used in both clauses if it is zero conditional but it can be also used in a type-1 conditional, when the results are habitual or automatic; as:
    If a commodity is in short, supply prices tend to rise. (Mark the main clause starting with a comma but no adverb like ‘so’ is used)

    The example sentence is a type-1 conditional as explained above having the “if” clause in the present tense and is placed first. Therefore, the main clause ‘come and join us’ must start with a comma without ‘so’. It can also start with a polite expression like ‘please’ or a modal verb ‘may. Or ‘can’.
    If you want to watch an English movie, please come and join in.
    Or
    If you want to watch an English movie, you may/can come and join in.

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    Re: Conditionals and conjunctions

    Quote Originally Posted by christinamarisa View Post
    I have just read the following in a magazine and I'm not sure about the use of 'if' and 'so' in the same sentence:

    If you want to watch an English movie so come and join in.

    I'm also having difficulty with 'Don't hesitiate and come!' Surely this should be 'Don't hesitate to come!'

    Help!

    Many thanks.
    ***NOT a teacher***Although I think "Don't hesitate and come!" is "wrong," I believe that one of the posters believes that it is correct (instead of "Don't hesitate to come"). Could one of the excellent teachers at this site comment? We are all eager to expand our understanding of English grammar. Thank you.

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    Re: Conditionals and conjunctions

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***NOT a teacher***Although I think "Don't hesitate and come!" is "wrong," I believe that one of the posters believes that it is correct (instead of "Don't hesitate to come"). Could one of the excellent teachers at this site comment? We are all eager to expand our understanding of English grammar. Thank you.
    "Don't hesitate and come" is wrong, it seems to say "don't hesitate", "don't come". "Don't hesitate to come" is correct, as is "don't hesitate, come".

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    Re: Conditionals and conjunctions

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Don't hesitate and come" is wrong, it seems to say "don't hesitate", "don't come". "Don't hesitate to come" is correct, as is "don't hesitate, come".
    Thank you very much. Your answer certainly resolves the issue for me and -- I hope -- other interested parties.

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    Re: Conditionals and conjunctions

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Thank you very much. Your answer certainly resolves the issue for me and -- I hope -- other interested parties.
    And thanks from me, too.

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