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    conditional sentence

    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.

    Thanks.

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    Re: conditional sentence

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    What's the difference between these two sentences?

    If you will be a good boy, I won't be angry with you anymore.

    If you are a good boy, I won't be angry with you anymore.

    Thanks.
    I believe the difference is that sentence 1 is wrong and sentence 2 is correct.
    And keep in mind to write won't, not wont.

    Cheers!

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    Re: conditional sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    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.

    Thanks.

    ********** 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
    grammar book):

    (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

    next month.

    ***

    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.

    Thank you

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    Re: conditional sentence

    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?

    Cheers!

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    Re: conditional sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    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?

    Cheers!
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Nightmare.

    (1) Thank you for your kind note.

    (2) To the best of my limited knowledge, your

    dialogue seems perfect.

    Thank you

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