is used for statements and facts which will
be true, if a certain condition is met.
has the form if + present simple + will +
base verb. For example:
- If it's sunny, we'll go to the beach.
- If I have time, I'll meet you at work.
- If we don't go now, we'll be late.
As with all conditionals the first conditonal
has two clauses, the if clause
- "If you help us, ..."
and the main clause
- "...we'll help you.".
Either of these two
clauses can come first:
- "If he gets a new job we'll move to London."
- or also:
- "We'll move to London if he gets a new
In the first conditional
will is a modal verb expressing certainty.
Other modal verbs can also be used to show various
degrees of certainty. For example:
- If you like Asian food, you'll love this restaurant.
(There is a 100% chance you'll love the restaurant.)
- If you like Asian food, you should like this
- If you like Asian food, you might like this
- If you like Asian food, you probably won't
like this restaurant. (20%)
- If you like Asian food, you won't like this