`If` + Future Simple

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Can `if` be followed with `will`?

asked Jan 18 '11 at 10:27 Julia New member

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Yes, 'if' can be followed by 'will' in the first conditional.  

 

The first conditional is used to talk about real possibilities in the future.  It is structured as follows:

'If' + present simple + , + future simple

For example:  

If you bake cookies, I will eat them.

If he makes more money, he'll (he will) take a long holiday this summer.

 

Note: The first conditional can be inverted without changing the meaning, i.e. I will eat some cookies, if you bake them.

link comment answered Jan 18 '11 at 11:14 Kimberly Expert
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You can use it in the following case:

I don't know (what?) if I will be back home by 11 o'clock. 


But it is prohibited to use `will` after `if` in a conditional or in the following case:
He will come to the station (when?) when the train comes.

link answered Jan 18 '11 at 11:07 Eric New member

The prohibited use example does not include the word 'if' -- is that a mistake? The example given is correct. You can correctly include 'if' to add a degree of possibility. He will come to the station when the train comes. He will come to the station, if the train comes . ( Though the subject is a bit strange.) KimberlyJan 18 '11 at 11:19

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If i success from University, My parent will be happy for me .

link comment answered Feb 07 '12 at 10:22 aunghtunlin New member
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If my country become democracy's country, all of people living in my country will go back their native place because they nover forget althought they have to migrate from another country.

link comment answered Feb 07 '12 at 10:26 aunghtunlin New member

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