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    first conditional

    Hello. I would like to ask for this sentence, I cannot realise if it is well written, since I have read some samples like this in grammar pages:

    "If you will stop eating so many chocolates, I will buy you some new clothes."
    I knew that a first conditional has Simple Present in the condition part and Simple Future in the result part.
    Thank you.


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    Morning,man.I'm a student here..learning.....


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    Re: first conditional

    Conditional clause : If + Present Tense
    Main clause : will + inf or present tense or imperative

    If you (will) help me with the dishes (if + pres), I will help you with your homework. (will + inf)
    If the sum of the digits of a number is divisible by three, the number is divisible by three (Pres. tense)

    If you see Mr Fox tonight, tell him I am ill. (imperative).


    "If you will stop eating so many chocolates, I will buy you some new clothes."
    This is correct. The conditional clause has 'if' and present tense, and the main clause has 'will' and the infinitive.

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    Re: first conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by MARAMARA View Post
    Hello. I would like to ask for this sentence, I cannot realise if it is well written, since I have read some samples like this in grammar pages:

    "If you will stop eating so many chocolates, I will buy you some new clothes."
    I knew that a first conditional has Simple Present in the condition part and Simple Future in the result part.
    Thank you.
    If you stop eating so many chocolates, I will buy you some new clothes.
    vs
    If you will stop eating so many chocolate, I will buy you some new clothes.

    The difference between the two is that #2 conveys a sense of persuasion, while #1 is just a statement of normal course of action.



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    Re: first conditional

    I am thanked, David L, but I cannot still understand. If + Present Tense is = If you stop (for me) not If you will stop. And in your example: If you help me with the dishes, not If you will help me........... Could you explain me a bit more,? my mother tongue is Spanish, so, there could be my difficulty.
    Best regards.


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    OHH, thanks. I can understand the difference now, engee30. Will, in the 2nd case gives more emphasis to persuade somebody, as you said.
    Best wishes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MARAMARA View Post
    OHH, thanks. I can understand the difference now, engee30. Will, in the 2nd case gives more emphasis to persuade somebody, as you said.
    Best wishes.
    Spot-on, MARAMARA!

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