if CLAUSE + will CLAUSE (FUTURE CONDITIONAL)

if CLAUSE + will CLAUSE (FUTURE CONDITIONAL)

Point 29 in MODALITY is defined as:

‘will’ in the main clause after an ‘if-‘ clause to talk about possible future situations.


ADVANCED EXAMPLES:

If both choose to spare the other, the fox will eat just one of each of their limbs. If one chooses to spare while the other sacrifices, the sparer will be fully eaten while the traitor will run away with all his limbs intact. Finally, if both choose to sacrifice, the fox will eat 3 limbs from each.


iWeb doesn’t allow us to search easily for such long strings.  We can start by using the same ‘if clause’ search as done here: if-present-simple-modal, then choose the first A2 vocabulary found, and then search manually to the right of these:

13 IF YOU WANT TO KEEP 15277

  • If you want to keep your data on-premise or you want the flexibility of the cloud, a partner will accommodate your choice.
  • Vet bills for rabbits can be expensive, but if you want to keep them and bond them, they will both have to be neutered.

*These are the first two examples with ‘will’ in the first 113 examples of ‘if you want to keep’.  Overall, expert corpora are not giving us good A2 level examples.  Next, we should check the student corpus.


PELIC STUDENT EXAMPLES:

The most important thing is doing the homework because if you do your homework you will always succeed.

Arabic, Female, Level 3, Writing Class.

 

Also, don’t miss your classes or come late because if you do you will miss some information that could be very important.

Arabic, Male, Level 3, Writing Class.

 

You should study very hard and practice because if you did not do this you will not learn English.

Arabic, Male, Level 3, Writing Class.

*These are the only examples in the clause order in level 3 Writing, and all of them contain ‘because if’ and there is a missing comma which makes this seem like it was a form focussed task where punctuation was not so important.

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