IELTS Grammar: Using Present Real Conditional
26 Nov 2014 admin
Structurally, a conditional statement has two clauses, and together, they make up a sentence that has a condition concluded by a specific result. One of the conditionals that we often use is the present real conditional.
We use this conditional to express a specific habitual condition that yields a habitual result. The condition is introduced by when suggesting that something happens regularly or if suggesting that something happens less frequently.
When I get enough sleep, I feel great in the morning.
I feel great in the morning if I get enough sleep.
Note: Both clauses in this conditional are expressed in the simple present tense and set apart by a comma only if the condition clause comes before the result.
Following the same structural pattern, the present real conditional is also used to express general truths.
If you heat ice, it melts.
You get shades of grey when you mix shades of black with that of white.
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