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    if it isn't raining?

    Lily: Will you go shopping with me if it _____ tomorrow?
    Ben: Why not?
    (A) didn't rain (B) doesn't rain (C) won't rain (D) isn't raining
    I think option B is acceptable. Is option D also acceptable?

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    Re: if it isn't raining?

    Yes. I think B is more likely, but D would fit (especially if intermittent showers were forecast, so that the question referred only to the times when it wouldn't be raining).

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    Re: if it isn't raining?

    As an NES but not a teacher:

    Trying to get behind the basis for the question, I would have personally opted for d).
    It's the only one that you can be certain about before you set off - it's raining/not raining - go/no go.
    The other three really only become truly clear after that event.

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    Re: if it isn't raining?

    I would use "if it isn't raining" if I were talking about a specific time of day.

    - Shall we go to the market at lunchtime tomorrow?
    - If it's not raining, yes.

    - Shall we go to the market tomorrow?
    - If it doesn't rain, yes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: if it isn't raining?

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    As an NES but not a teacher:

    Trying to get behind the basis for the question, I would have personally opted for d).
    It's the only one that you can be certain about before you set off - it's raining/not raining - go/no go.
    The other three really only become truly clear after that event.

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    On reflection, I'd probably prefer d too; b would be more likely only if the speaker had tomorrow's forecast in their hand!

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    Re: if it isn't raining?

    I would probably use "d" as well.

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    Re: if it isn't raining?

    Consider:

    "Will you go shopping with me if it doesn't rain tomorrow?"
    Rain = no go
    No rain = go.

    It rains for 5 minutes early in the morning but then the weather is brilliant.
    Go/no go?

    The condition for "no go" has been fulfilled but the likelihood is probably "go"?

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