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  • Using the First Conditional Video and Exercises

    Using first conditional sentences in English is often difficult for students because of the way the sentences are constructed. But once again, this is an English grammar point that will allow you to express much more complex ideas in English. If you want to improve beyond “Hello, my name is…” and “I’ll have the cheeseburger,” then you’ll want to start learning to use conditionals.

    So, we’ve got some videos for you, one to explain the first conditional, and another video about the recent factory collapse in Bangladesh. The second video will give you a topic to write about using the first conditional. If you really want to master the first conditional, you should take a live English class via Skype with one of our teachers. We’ve got a lesson to accompany these videos, and you’ll have the opportunity to use the first conditional in real conversation.

    Video: First Conditional

    Ok, do you think you understand first conditional now? Then watch the video below and try the exercise.

    Video: Factory Collapse in Bangladesh

    Click here to watch the video.

    Exercise: Fill in the gaps in the sentences below, then write 3 sentences about the factory collapse in Bangladesh, using the first conditional. Write your answers in comments, and we will correct them.

    1. If nothing __ ____ to improve working conditions for garment workers, I ____ stop buying clothes.
    2. I ____ buy clothes at higher prices __ it guarantees better living and working conditions for others.
    3. When they finally have world wide labor laws, we ____ ____ some assurance about the conditions in factories.

     

    • Nelly Neko

      1. If nothing is done to improve working conditions for garment workers, I will stop buying clothes.

      2. I will buy clothes at higher prices if it guarantees better living and working conditions for others.

      3. When they finally have world wide labor laws, we will have some assurance about the
      conditions in factories.

      1. If government doesn’t take any measures to improve working and living
      conditions, nothing will change for better.

      2. In my opinion if they have some good security systems so many people will not die.

      3. if they don’t stop using children labour , government will have to take some strict
      measures.

      Thank you 🙂

      • LOIEnglish

        Nelly…Good work. A few small mistakes: change for better….in this case we say ‘change for THE better’ it is a special idiom. If we want to say that things will improve we use: GET better.

        Thanks for answering!

    • José Edorides

      1. If not is done to improve working conditions for garment workers, I’ll stop buying clothes.
      2. I’ll buy clothesat higher prices if it guarantees better living and working conditions for others.

      • LOIEnglish

        José…Number 1: If NOT…The correction is: If NOTHING

        Nothing–in this case is the subject of the sentence. It literally means NO THING. Not is used for negation of verbs. An alternative sentence is: If they do NOT Do anything about working conditions for garment workers, I’ll stop buying clothes. In this sentence you can see that NOT modifies the verb DO.

        I hope this helps!

    • José Edorides

      When they finally have world wide labor laws, we will have some assurance about the conditions in factories.

    • ABUTURAB ALAM

      If nothing IS DONE to improve working conditions for garment workers, I WILL stop buying clothes.
      I WILL buy clothes at higher prices IF it guarantees better living and working conditions for others.
      When they finally have world wide labor laws, we WILL HAVE some assurance about the conditions in factories.

      • LOIEnglish

        Excellent!