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    If or when...present tense or will-future

    Dear teachers,

    at the moments I'm working with the difference between 'when' and 'if' (first conditional only).

    In my grammar book there's a gap filling exercise about an old lady who would like to order fish in a restaurant. The problem is that she's very late and so there's no fish left. The waiter tells her to order sth else but she's very annoyed and says:

    "Young man. I won't order anything at all if you don't bring me fish."

    Waiter: "Madam, you're very late. IF you COME early in the evening, there IS a higher chance of getting fresh fish served.

    The blue words are taken from the key given in the book.
    To me, however, "when" would sound more natural in the waiter sentence. Is that correct?



    Thank you in advance!
    Last edited by Buddy42; 06-May-2015 at 11:47.

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    Re: If or when...present tense or will-future

    When is not normally used for the first conditional. It is used with the zero conditional. Google it.

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    Re: If or when...present tense or will-future

    Dear MikeNewYork!

    Thank you for your answer. Unfortunately I'm still puzzled.
    I agree with you about the "when" and the zero conditional.
    So the sentence: When you come....there will be.... is wrong !/? Or still possible?
    But what about the other three blue ones? Are they idiomatic?

    Please be so kind as to look at my question again.
    Thank you in advance
    buddy 42

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    Re: If or when...present tense or will-future

    I'd say: If you come early, there is a higher chance of...

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    Re: If or when...present tense or will-future

    There is nothing wrong with "when you come, there will be". But I wouldn't call it a conditional.

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