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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

    Quote Originally Posted by hatgray View Post
    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
    Find and would are possible but not found and ​will.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: What if

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Find and would are possible but not found and ​will.
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by hatgray View Post
    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.

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    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

    Quote Originally Posted by hatgray View Post
    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.

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    Re: What if

    Quote Originally Posted by hatgray View Post
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    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.

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    Re: What if

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