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    Verb tense : you don't score.

    Hello,
    If you don't hit the target, you don't score.
    What is the verb tense of this main clause in this sentence? Is this sentence natural? or We would say you won't score.
    Could you give me some examples of this use?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by sumon.; 26-Mar-2012 at 18:32.

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    #2

    Re: Verb tense : you don't score.

    hi
    we have conditional type zero,that we have present simple in both parts I mean in the main clause and in the if clause or maybe based on the context we can also have past simple in both parts.This type refers to facts,or habitual actions.
    good luck.

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    #3

    Re: Verb tense : you don't score.

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi.
    We have conditional type zero, that we have present simple in both parts (I mean in the main clause and in the if clause) or maybe based on the context we can also have past simple in both parts. This type refers to facts (no comma required) or habitual actions.
    Good luck.
    Moonlike, your profile says you are an English teacher. As a teacher, you will understand the importance of your own written English being correct so that learners see how they should be writing.

    Please remember to:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with the appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Leave a space after a comma.
    - Leave a space after a full stop.

    I was going to amend the content of your post but I really wasn't sure if I had interpreted what you were trying to say correctly so I have left it, only correcting the punctuation, capitalisation and spelling.

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    #4

    Re: Verb tense : you don't score.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Good morning, Sumon:

    (1) You have asked another great question that has kept me awake all night!

    (2) I may (repeat: may) have found at least one answer.

    (3) Look at these sentences in one scholar's book (Introduction to the Grammar of English by Rodney Huddleston, page 173 in a 1985 reprint):

    (a) If you do that again, you will be fired.

    (b) If you do that again, you are fired.

    The scholar says that sentence 3b reflects "greater assurance." I guess that indicates greater certainty about losing your job.

    (4) Here are two of my bad examples:

    (a) If you do not eat up all the broccoli, you will not get any dessert.

    (b) If you do not eat up all the broccoli, you do not get any dessert.

    If I understood Professor Huddleston's book, maybe 4b expresses with more certainty the consequences of the little boy's refusal to

    eat the broccoli.

    (5) Now let's consider your two sentences:

    (a) If you don't hit the target, you won't score.

    (b) If you don't hit the target, you don't score.

    Let's say that you are applying to be a police officer. You are on the firing range in order to prove your ability to shoot well. Maybe

    the officer-in-charge would say 5b to stress the certainty of the consequences of not hitting the target.

    *****

    I found Moonlike's comments very interesting and thought-provoking. It seems that books do not usually discuss this matter very

    much. I am very eager to see what others have to say.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!
    Last edited by TheParser; 27-Mar-2012 at 16:52.

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    #5

    Re: Verb tense : you don't score.

    Good night,Parser.
    You are always too kind.

    HAVE A NICE DAY!
    Same to you.

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