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    about general truth

    Hi, dear all

    i'm confused when we talk about the general truth, for we can use both simple present and "will". for example, we can say, "if we don't drink, we die." and we also say, "if it's made of wood, it will float." i just wonder if there's any difference between the two. can i say "if we don't drink, we will die"?

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    Re: about general truth

    Yes. If you start each sentence with a capital letter and always capitalize the word "I."

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    #3

    Re: about general truth

    Yes, I can see a difference. There's an additional condition in the second, but not the first. The wood will only float if you put it in water. It's not a general truth to say "If it's made of wood, it floats". My house is made of wood, but it's never floated and probably never will. I would still say, "If it's made of wood, it will float in water". Under normal circumstances, it won't; so there are still unstated premises (there's a flood, the house comes off its foundation, etc.)
    So, while both forms work, often one sounds better than the other. There are also other determinants. For example, saying, "If we don't eat, we will die" is less of a general truth about people than a reference to 'us' - the speakers.

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    #4

    Re: about general truth

    a big help, thank you so so much!

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    #5

    Re: about general truth

    Quote Originally Posted by hooootdog View Post
    A big help, thank you so so much!
    Remember to start all sentences with a capital letter. In addition, remember that it is quicker for all of us if you simply click on the "Thank" button on a helpful post instead of writing a new post to say "Thanks" - a new post takes time for you to write and time for us to read.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: about general truth

    and if it's not a sentence?

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    Re: about general truth

    Fair point. I should have corrected that to "That was a big help". Sorry.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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