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    if + will

    Hello, dear forum users!

    1. Is it Ok if I will use your laptop?

    This sentence doesn't seem to be a conditional, so is it ok to use 'will' in it?
    Will be grateful for explanations!

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    #2

    Re: if + will

    It is not OK to use 'will' in that request.

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    #3

    Re: if + will

    so 'will' is never used after ''if'', doesn't matter whether it is a conditional or not?

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    #4

    Re: if + will

    That is not a logical rule to synthesise based on one sentence. One example is never enough for a rule. Rules are based on patterns of usage and often have exceptions. Will can be used after if when it is being used for persuasion/suasion:

    If you will accept our terms, we will pay you a premium.

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    #5

    Re: if + will

    Will is also possible after if in indirect questions:

    I don't know if he is coming tomorrow,

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    #6

    Re: if + will

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Will is also possible after if in indirect questions:

    I don't know if he is coming/will come tomorrow.
    I agree. The "if" in that sentence is similar in meaning to "whether".

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    #7

    Re: if + will

    (1) If you will help me, I'll complete the task within three hours.
    (2) If it will make you satisfied, I'll quit the job.

    Do these sentences work?

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    #8

    Re: if + will

    Both are possible.

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    #9

    Re: if + will

    However, as they are deviations from the norm, there should be a reason for using them. They are not simply optional variations that mean exactly the same as the standard forms.

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