First Conditional: Explanation, Examples, and a Comparison with the 2nd Conditional

First Conditional

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In this lesson, I give an example of how I used the first conditional, explain how to use it, give more examples, and then compare it to the second conditional.

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How to Use the First Conditional in English

In the example I gave, I said the following:

“The problem is it might rain so if it rains, then we’ll probably do something else instead.”

There are two parts to this sentence. The second part is dependent upon the first part happening. We use the first conditional to talk about real possibilities in the future.

You can reverse the sentence, too: “We’ll probably do something else if it rains.”

Here are four more examples:

  • “You must get the burger if you go to that restaurant.”
  • “When I’m older, I’m going to travel the world”
  • “If you like it, you should buy it.”

In the video, I also talked about the difference between the first and second conditional. I gave the following example:

  • Your team is playing in the world cup final next week. You can say, “If we win, the country will go crazy!”
  • The World Cup isn’t taking place at the moment. You can say, “If we won the world cup, the country would go crazy!”

The second one is an imaginary situation.

What to Do Now:

1. Give an example of the first conditional in the comment section below.
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