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## What if

1.) Can I use would /will for both?

Q:What if I found him?
A: That would/will be great!

Q: What if I find him?
A: That will/would be great!

2.) Should I always use the construction of
found....would
find....will

or can I mix it up
found....will
find....would

Thanks

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## Re: What if

Originally Posted by hatgray
1.) Can I use would /will for both?

Q:What if I found him?
A: That would/will be great!

Q: What if I find him?
A: That will/would be great!

2.) Should I always use the construction of
found....would
find....will

or can I mix it up
found....will
find....would

Thanks

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## Re: What if

Originally Posted by GoesStation
But in other references I see that there is a standard pattern for conditionals

Type1: find....will
Type 2: found...would

Is this just a guide? And as you said it can be flexible?

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## Re: What if

Originally Posted by hatgray
But in other references I see that there is a standard pattern for conditionals

Type1: find....will
Type 2: found...would

Is this just a guide? And as you said it can be flexible?
I'm not sure about a general rule. However, given the question What if I find him?, the person answering may have two slightly different thoughts in mind depending on the answer:

That will be great!
- "I expect you to find him, and it will be terrific."
That would be great! - "I'm not sure whether you'll find him, but if you do, it will be terrific."

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## Re: What if

Hope anyone knows if this is an absolute rule for conditionals or if it is flexible.

appreciate the help.

6. ## Re: What if

I think 'would' is possible in the first conditional because it does not necessarily refer to something unlikely/impossible.

'I would be happy if you come tomorrow.'

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## Re: What if

Originally Posted by hatgray
Hope anyone knows if this is an absolute rule for conditionals
The conditionals are an area with many grey areas. Absolute rules are few and far between.

8. ## Re: What if

Originally Posted by hatgray
or can I mix it up
found....will
I thought of the following:
He was looking for it. If he found it, he will give it to me tomorrow.

Originally Posted by Piscean
The classification of conditionals as first/second/third/zero,mixed or types 1, 2, etc is a useful guide for beginners
It would be convenient for learners like me if such keywords as first/second/third/zero, mixed or types 1, 2, etc were included in the article titles in this list: https://www.usingenglish.com/profile...contributions/

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## Re: What if

Hi Piscean,

“If you follow me on instagram, then you will/would have seen this.”

I think will or would is fine but others I have asked say only will is correct.

As you have said, would is possible as well?

Thanks for the help.

10. ## Re: What if

I would use 'have followed' and 'will have seen'.

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