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    A conditional tense question

    'If yesterday was Wednesday, then tomorrow is Friday.'
    Is this sentence grammatically correct? Is it possible to use 'is' instead of 'was'? And how would you explain the grammatical aspect of this sentence. For example, in the Zero Conditional, we use the present simple form for both the 'If clause and the Main clause?


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    Re: A conditional tense question

    Quote Originally Posted by marcos054 View Post
    'If yesterday was Wednesday, then tomorrow is Friday.'
    Is this sentence grammatically correct? Is it possible to use 'is' instead of 'was'? And how would you explain the grammatical aspect of this sentence. For example, in the Zero Conditional, we use the present simple form for both the 'If clause and the Main clause?
    The sentence is fine.

    I don't think it would be acceptable to write:

    If yesterday is Wednesday...

    The time adverbial yesterday implies a past sense. We cannot (normally) talk about yesterday in the present tense.

    There is an exception to this rule: sometimes the present is used (informally) to describe the past; often when a story is being told.

    I was sat in the pub yesterday when this guy runs over and punches me!

    Your original sentence can be explained as most zero-conditionals can: as expressing a sense of cause and effect, a general truth.

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    Re: A conditional tense question

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    The sentence is fine.

    I don't think it would be acceptable to write:

    If yesterday is Wednesday...

    The time adverbial yesterday implies a past sense. We cannot (normally) talk about yesterday in the present tense.

    There is an exception to this rule: sometimes the present is used (informally) to describe the past; often when a story is being told.

    I was sat in the pub yesterday when this guy runs over and punches me!

    Your original sentence can be explained as most zero-conditionals can: as expressing a sense of cause and effect, a general truth.
    Thank you very much for your reply. I'm glad to know that the original sentence is perfectly correct and that 'is' is not possible in place of 'was' for that situation. I would also like to know if the the sentence is in the conditional tense like zero conditional, first , or second conditional


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    Re: A conditional tense question

    Quote Originally Posted by marcos054 View Post
    Thank you very much for your reply. I'm glad to know that the original sentence is perfectly correct and that 'is' is not possible in place of 'was' for that situation. I would also like to know if the the sentence is in the conditional tense like zero conditional, first , or second conditional
    I suggested that it is a zero-conditional, but it doesn't follow the usual pattern of present simple + present simple. Regardless, I think it shows characteristics closer to the zero than any other.

    It is, of course, a sentence which expresses conditionality.

    Tomorrow being Friday is rationalized on the basis/condition that is was Wednesday yesterday.

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    Re: A conditional tense question

    could you explain what is the difference between type zero and type 1?
    I learned only three types: 1, 2, and 3. 1 is for future, 2 is for present, and 3 for past condition. thank you.

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    Re: A conditional tense question

    Quote Originally Posted by sio View Post
    could you explain what is the difference between type zero and type 1?
    I learned only three types: 1, 2, and 3. 1 is for future, 2 is for present, and 3 for past condition. thank you.
    'Type zero' is for general truths, example,
    If water reaches the temperature of 100 degrees Celsius, it boils.

    'Type I' is for real situations or things that are likely to happen in the future, example,
    If you give me your phone number, I'll call you tonight.

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