Student or Learner
What's the difference between these two sentences?
If you will be a good boy, I wont be angry with you anymore.
If you are a good boy, I wont be angry with you anymore.
********** NOT A TEACHER **********
Hello, Mr. Mckane.
(1) As Nightmare told you, we usually use:
IF + present tense + future tense.
IF you are a good boy, I will buy you some ice cream.
IF Sue has time tomorrow, she will visit us.
IF it rains next week, we will not go to the beach.
(2) But sometimes (only sometimes!!!) we can use:
IF + future + future.
(a) Here is an example of both kinds of sentences (from a very good
(i) If you help me, we can finish by six o'clock. = With your help,
we can finish by six.
(ii) If you will help me, we can finish by six. = If you will be nice
enough to help me, we can finish by six.
(NOTE: can finish refers to the future in this sentence.)
(3) I think (only my opinion):
We are going to the beach tomorrow. I want you to know that if you
are a good boy tomorrow, I will buy you a new bicycle for your birthday
Father: Why are you acting so badly right now? Everybody is looking at
us. It's embarrassing!!! Stop it!!!
Son: I hate this place. I do not want to be here. I am going to continue
yelling and being a bad boy!!! I want to embarrass you!!!
Father: Listen. If you will be ( = change your behavior this minute) a
good boy, I will buy you a computer tomorrow.
Son: OK. I promise to be a good boy starting this minute!!! Can I
have a cellphone, too?
Father: If you will be (promise) a good boy right now, I will give you
anything you want tomorrow.
Thanks for that information, TheParser
I also have a question.
What about "If + Progressive"?
Where is your girlfriend?
If you're talking about Lisa, I must disappoint you.
She and I broke up last night.
Is this okay?