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    If you (bathe) in it, you (be) ill for a fortnight

    I'm doing an exercise from a widely known grammar book called "A Practical English Grammar. Exercises 2" by Martinet and Thomson and I've come across several interesting sentences about conditionals in which I made mistakes.

    No one bathes here. The water is heavily polluted. If you (bathe) in it, you (be) ill for a fortnight.

    To be fully honest with you, I wrote "bathe" and "will be", however the correct variants is: "bathed" and "would be" respectively. Could you explain to me why?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: If you (bathe) in it, you (be) ill for a fortnight

    Both are correct.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: If you (bathe) in it, you (be) ill for a fortnight

    The writer of the exercise considers the second conditional more likely after 'No one bathes here'. However, as bhai said, the first condition is possible.

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