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    Conditionals

    Dear colleagues, please help me to understand why the sentence "Please, let us know, if you are interested" is a zero conditional.

    Or may be a person should use "Please, let us know, if you will be interested"?

    I think that the first option (zero conditional) is correct, but cannot understand why. Please help me to understand.

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    Re: Conditionals

    NOT A TEACHER

    To me, the sentence doesn't appear to be a conditional clause. Besides, you don't need the comma preceding if.
    Please, let us know if you are interested.
    Please, let us know if you will be interested.


    Roughly speaking, sentence #1 asks if you are interested now. Sentence #2 asks if you will be interested some time in the future.

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    #3

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    I agree with Engee. This is a case in which "if" is a substitute for "whether". That does not make it a conditional.

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    Re: Conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post

    To me, the sentence doesn't appear to be a conditional clause.
    Thank you engee30 and MikeNewYork
    I used to think that if you see "if clause + main clause" it's definitely must be a conditional sentence. It appears I was wrong.


    Can you also explain (or tell where can I find the explanation) in which cases one should not use the conditional if the sentence has two clauses "if clause + main clause"? (looks like this Please, let us know if you are interested)

    I'm not an english native speaker and this issue confuses me.

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    Re: Conditionals

    The first place I would go is a good dictionary to look up the different meanings of "if". Then I would Google "if versus whether" and read what websites have to say. Your confusion is understandable.

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    Re: Conditionals

    You might also try the term Functions (I used to work with textbooks a lot, and the term was widely used by the authors). They often provide such contexts, where it's not always grammar that determines the use of conditionals, for example.

    Here's a brief introduction to the subject:

    What are functions?
    We can describe language by using words to talk about grammar (grammatical description). But we can also describe language by saying how it is used. This is the function of the language (functional description).
    If I were you, I'd leave now. grammatical description: second conditional; functional description: giving advice
    but
    Would you mind if I open the window? (you could also say ...if I opened the window, or Do you mind if I open the window?)

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    Re: Conditionals

    Thank you MikeNewYork and engee30

    I'm beginning to understand the difference.

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    That's great!

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