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If Clauses Introduction
If clauses are usually used to talk about uncertain events and situations. They often refer to a condition - something which must happen first, so that something else can happen.
Clauses of this kind are often called conditional clauses. There are four main types of conditional clauses in English. They are:
Position of an if clause
An if-clause can come at the beginning or end of a sentence. When an if-clause begins a sentence, we use a comma to separate it from the rest of the sentence.
Leaving out If
In a formal or literary style if can be dropped and an auxiliary verb put before the subject. This is common with had, should and were.
|Category: If clauses, Conditional Sentences | Added by: Teacher_Koce (2014-01-07)|
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If the weather was nice, I often walked to work. – this sentence sounds good.
you can also use “when” instead of “if”
if and when are interchangeable when the statement of the conditional clause is a fact or a general issue (also known as zero conditonal)
so you can say; “when the weather was nice, I would often walk to work.
if is used for something that, according to the speaker, might happen.
when is used for something that, according to the speaker, will happen or happened in the past, if it happened repeatedly you can use would for repeated actions, habits in the past.