IF-CLAUSE

There are 3 kinds of conditional sentence
• True in the Present / Future Time
• Untrue in the Present / Future Time
• Untrue in the Past Time

1. True in The Present / Future Time

Form

if + Simple Present, will-Future

Example: If I find her address, I will send her an invitation .

The main clause can also be at the beginning of the sentence. In this case, don’t use a comma.

Example: I will send her an invitation if I find her address .

The function is to show / explain plan, advice, and possibility / probability

For example

• If you don’t have breakfast, you will be hungry.

• If the magazine is on my table, you can take it.

• If you come early you will not get punish from our headmaster.

Use

Conditional Sentences Type I refer to the future. An action in the future will only happen if a certain condition is fulfilled by that time. We don’t know for sure whether the condition actually will be fulfilled or not, but the conditions seems rather realistic – so we think it is likely to happen.

Example: If I find her address, I’ll send her an invitation.

I want to send an invitation to a friend. I just have to find her address. I am quite sure, however, that I will find it.

Example: If John has the money, he will buy a Ferrari.

I know John very well and I know that he earns a lot of money and that he loves Ferraris. So I think it is very likely that sooner or later he will have the money to buy a Ferrari.

2. Untrue in the Present / Future Time

Form

if + Simple Past, main clause with Conditional I (= would + Infinitive)

Example: If I found her address, I would send her an invitation .

The main clause can also be at the beginning of the sentence. In this case, don’t use a comma.

Example: she would send him an invitation if she found his address .

Were instead of Was

In IF Clauses Type II, we usually use ‚were‘ – even if the pronoun is I , he , she or it –.

Example: If I were you, I would not do this .

The function of conditional sentence type two is to explain our imagination.

For Example

• If the price of gasoline were only Rp. 1000 we would be very happy.

• What would you do if you found $100.00 on the street.

• If I had a lot of money, I wouldn’t stay here.


Use

Conditional Sentences Type II refer to situations in the present. An action could happen if the present situation were different. I don’t really expect the situation to change, however. I just imagine „what would happen if …“

Example: If she found his address, She would send him an invitation .

She would like to send an invitation to a friend. She have looked everywhere for his address, but she cannot find it. So now She thinks it is rather unlikely that She will eventually find his address.

Example: If John had the money, he would buy a Ferrari .

I know John very well and I know that he doesn’t have much money, but he loves Ferraris. He would like to own a Ferrari (in his dreams). But I think it is very unlikely that he will have the money to buy one in the near future.

3. Untrue In the Past Time

Form

if + Past Perfect, main clause with Conditional II

Example: If I had found her address, I would have sent her an invitation .

The main clause can also be at the beginning of the sentence. In this case, don’t use a comma.

Example: I would have sent her an invitation if I had found her address .

Use

Conditional Sentences Type III refer to situations in the past. An action could have happened in the past if a certain condition had been fulfilled. Things were different then, however. We just imagine, what would have happened if the situation had been fulfilled.

Example: If I had found her address, I would have sent her an invitation .

Sometime in the past, I wanted to send an invitation to a friend. I didn’t find her address, however. So in the end I didn’t send her an invitation.

Example:
If John had had the money, he would have bought a Ferrari .

I knew John very well and I know that he never had much money, but he loved Ferraris. He would have loved to own a Ferrari, but he never had the money to buy one.

Published on January 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

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