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    Re: Future

    I chose either could be used.
    I think that the answer depends on the speaker`s intention. There`s a slight semantical difference between the two future forms:

    I will tell her if I see her. - will expresses determination
    I am going to tell her if I see her - be going to expresses intention or planned action.
    I am not sure if my choice is right, though.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Future

    Although I've chosen 'am going to', I think both are correct.

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    Re: Future

    For me it looks like 1st conditional, so I chose 'will.' But still I agree with Teia ;)

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    Re: Future

    Well, as far as I remember we can not use will when if has been used. I never do it, anyway.

    I voted for the second option: I am going......

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    Re: Future

    Quote Originally Posted by goingtocalifornia View Post
    Well, as far as I remember we can not use will when if has been used. I never do it, anyway.

    I voted for the second option: I am going......
    You're not quite right..
    https://www.usingenglish.com/glossar...nditional.html

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    Re: Future

    Quote Originally Posted by goingtocalifornia View Post
    Well, as far as I remember we can not use will when if has been used. I never do it, anyway.

    I voted for the second option: I am going......
    Will cannot be used in an if clause, type I, but it can be used in the main clause :

    I will go there if she asks me:

    I will go there - main clause

    if she asks me - if clause

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