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    If clause + am-is-are going to

    hello,

    I would like to ask you about 'if clause' .

    Yesterday I witnessed this talk while watching a movie named 'Wristcutters: A Love Story'.

    If i am going to find the people in charge, i have to keep looking.

    My question is : 1) Can we use 'future tense (will- be going to )' at ıf clause?

    2) We know that we can use 'if clause' with a different way. For example,

    I can't know whether you will go or not = I can't know if you will go or not?

    Are they same?
    Can we use 'future tense' at this situation?

    Thanks

    P.S. It is written we shouldn't use 'future tense' with 'if clause '

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    Re: If clause + am-is-are going to

    Quote Originally Posted by lindadanca View Post
    Yesterday I witnessed this talk while watching a movie named 'Wristcutters: A Love Story'.

    If i I am going to find the people in charge, i I have to keep looking.

    My question is : 1) Can we use 'future tense (will- be going to )' at in an ıf clause?

    Yes - you have produced a good example.

    Note that 'will' and 'BE going to' are often used to express futurity. They are not really future tenses,



    2) We know that we can use an 'if clause' with in a different way. For example,

    I can't know whether you will go or not = I can't know if you will go or not.

    Can we use 'future tense' at in this situation? Both these sentences are grammatically acceptable.
    Please use a capital letter for the first person pronoun 'I' - always.

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    Re: If clause + am-is-are going to

    Thanks for your advice. The second one is okay. But I couldn't realize the first one.

    If It is not future tense, so what Does it mean?

    (If I am going to find the people in charge, I have to keep looking).
    Is it not normally 'future tense'?

    Thanks

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    Re: If clause + am-is-are going to

    We do not have a fuutre tense as such in English. There are a number of ways in which we can refer to future situations, including the present progressive, 'Be going to' and 'will'.

    Your sentence almost certainly refers to future time. That does not make it contain a future tense. Your sentence conveys a similar meaning to "If it is my present intention/plan to succeed in finding the people in charge in the future, then there is an obligation on me to keep looking."
    Last edited by 5jj; 19-Aug-2011 at 18:20. Reason: Typos. Sigh!

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