if + PRESENT SIMPLE (real conditions)

Point 31 in the category of CLAUSES/conditional is defined as:

‘if’ + present simple with present simple, ‘can’ or imperative in the main clause to refer to things that are true now or very likely to happen.

*Note this point overlaps many others, such as: A2 if you want | like | prefer + imperative


A search in iWeb for:

if * _VV0 , _P

1 IF YOU WANT , YOU 5607

2 IF YOU PREFER , YOU 4395

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3 IF YOU WISH , YOU 3233
4 IF YOU LIKE , YOU 2877
5 IF YOU WANT , I 817
6 IF YOU WIN , YOU 780
7 IF YOU CHOOSE , YOU 671
8 IF YOU LIKE , I 488
9 IF YOU QUALIFY , YOU 484
10 IF YOU FAIL , YOU 466
11 IF , SAY , YOU 418
12 IF YOU PREFER , WE 361
13 IF YOU DIE , YOU 351
14 IF YOU LOSE , YOU 330
15 IF YOU REMEMBER , I 221
16 IF YOU SUCCEED , YOU 207
17 IF YOU WANT , WE 198
18 IF I WIN , I 192
19 IF THEY FAIL , THEY 187
20 IF YOU WISH , I 184

if * _VVZ , _P

1 IF THIS HAPPENS , YOU 1640
2 IF THAT HAPPENS , YOU 731
3 IF IT WORKS , IT 631
4 IF THIS HAPPENS , IT 601
5 IF THAT HAPPENS , IT 524
6 IF IT HAPPENS , IT 498
7 IF IT HELPS , I 432
8 IF THIS HAPPENS , WE 388
9 IF THIS OCCURS , YOU 345
10 IF THAT HAPPENS , I 327
11 IF THAT HAPPENS , WE 313
12 IF IT WORKS , I 218
13 IF IT FAILS , IT 193
14 IF IT WORKS , YOU 182
15 IF THIS OCCURS , IT 175
16 IF IT HELPS , YOU 168
17 IF IT FAILS , YOU 151
18 IF HE WINS , HE 129
19 IF IT EXISTS , IT 124
20 IF THIS OCCURS , WE 117


A2 vocabulary in the above:

fail, fails, happens, if, lose, prefer, win, wins, wish


_VV0 if * _VV0

*The following often ‘if’ often means whether.

1 DECIDE IF YOU WANT 1939
2 SEE IF YOU GET 1234
3 SEE IF YOU LIKE 1059
4 THINK IF YOU LOOK 913
5 THINK IF YOU WANT 639
6 SEE IF YOU AGREE 561
7 SELECT IF YOU WANT 516
8 CHOOSE IF YOU WANT 505
9 NEED IF YOU WANT 413
10 ASK IF YOU WANT 399
11 SEE IF YOU QUALIFY 393
12 SEE IF YOU NOTICE 373
13 THINK IF YOU GO 315
14 GUESS IF YOU WANT 315
15 DECIDE IF THEY WANT 303
16 SEE IF YOU FEEL 282
17 SEE IF YOU NEED 282
18 SEE IF I GET 282
19 KNOW IF YOU WANT 277
20 KNOW IF YOU NEED 274

_VV0 if _VV0

1 IF YOU LIKE , ADD 142
2 IF YOU LIVE , WORK 131
3 IF YOU PREFER , USE 105
4 IF YOU WANT , ADD 104
5 IF YOU SMOKE , STOP 98
6 IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST , CONSULT 80
7 IF YOU WANT , GO 75
8 IF YOU WISH , ADD 75
9 IF YOU PREFER , CALL 71
10 IF YOU WANT , USE 71


 

PELIC STUDENT EXAMPLE:

If this happens, money only brings him loneliness, not happiness.

Chinese, Male, Level 4, Writing Class.

*Note that our grammar point is hidden under two other A2 grammar points here.