An Overview Of Conditionals In English


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An Overview Of Conditionals In English


Hello and welcome back to English FBA (English For Beginners Academy). 

In Today’s lesson, we will be talking about: An Overview Of Conditionals In English.


You will learn:

  • The definition of a conditional sentence.
  • The different types of conditionals.


Conditionals can be a challenging and confusing aspect of the English language to grasp. The following sections cover the concept of conditionals and an overview of the different types of conditionals in the English language.

Structure of Conditional Sentences

  • There are several structures in English that we call conditionals or if-clauses.
  • The word “condition” means “situation or circumstance”. 
  • If a particular condition is true, then a particular result happens. In other words, one depends on the other.
  • Conditionals are made using different English verb tenses.
Now that you know what a condition means, I want you to reflect on these two sentences for a minute!
 Example 1:If I have money, I will buy a car.
Example 2:I will buy a car if I have money.
After reading these sentences, what similarities or differences can you see between the two?!
Well, if your notes are similar to the structure below, then you are on the right path!

The structure of most conditionals is very simple. There are two basic possibilities.

Of course, we add many words and can use various tenses, but the basic structure is usually like this:



Notice the use of a comma(,) in the first sentence.

Example 1:If I have money,⇓ I will buy a car.

In the second sentence, we do not normally use a comma.

Example 2:I will buy a car if I have money.

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