RSS

Tag Archives: conditionals

I have a problem with tense when I use “if”. What am I doing wrong?

This is actually quite complicated, but I will give you the simplified version that is taught to people learning English as a second language. (Information adapted from A Basic English Grammar with Exercises by John Eastwood and Ronald Mackin, Oxford University Press 1988.)

When you use if you are usually starting a conditional clause — also called an adverbial clause of condition or an IF-clause. You do this to show cause and effect, or what MIGHT happen if something else happens. There are three main kinds of IF-clause:

1. Type 1: IF + simple present tense, then + will, can, may/might.
Read the rest of this entry »

 
Comments Off on I have a problem with tense when I use “if”. What am I doing wrong?

Posted by on December 26, 2006 in English grammar, English language, questions asked, student help, writing

 

Tags: , ,