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  • Zero and First Conditional Exercises and Examples with Video

    How do you know when to use zero conditionals or first conditionals in English? Are you even sure what zero and first conditional sentences are? Here is an explanation, video along with a zero and first conditional exercise to help you.

    Examples of Zero Conditional Sentences

    Zero conditional sentences are used to make imperative statements and statements of fact, such as:

    • If the temperature is below o Celsius, water freezes.
    • If it rains, we’ll get wet.
    • If today is Friday, tomorrow is Saturday.
    • If you don’t have money, you can’t buy anything.

    Examples of First Conditional Sentences

    First conditional sentences are used to talk about real or probable situations, for instance:

    • If I go out for dinner, I will order a cheeseburger.
    • If we don’t have money, we can borrow some.
    • If it rains, I won’t go to the baseball game.
    • If I eat anymore cheeseburgers, I’m going to be sick.
    • If I get sick, I won’t go to the movie tonight.

    Still not sure? Don’t worry! We can help you understand with this week’s video and exercise. Learning how to form these more complex sentences will help you express more complicated ideas in English.

    Zero or First Conditional Video:

    Zero and First Conditional Exercises

    Complete the conditional sentences below in comments, and we will respond. Remember to add a modal verb if the sentence is first conditional.

    Example: If we (to go) ___ to the grocery store, I _______ (to buy) milk. = If we go to the grocery store, I will buy milk.

    1. If you go to the grocery store,  ___ (to buy) me some vodka.

    2. If I talk to your dad, I ______ (ask) him to call you.

    3. If plants don’t have water, sunlight and soil, they ____ (to die).

    4. If I leave work early, we _____ (to go) to the movies.

    5. If you have the time, ___ (to call) your mother.

    Now try writing a zero conditional and a first conditional sentence of your own.

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    • YM

      1. If you go to the grocery store, buy
      me some vodka. (zero conditional)

      2. If I talk to your dad, I will
      ask him to call you. (first conditional)

      3. If plants don’t have water, sunlight and soil, they die. (zero conditional)

      4. If I leave work early, we can go
      to the movies. (first conditional)

      5. If you have the time, call
      your mother. (zero conditional)

      (first conditional) If it rains, you’ll better take an umbrella.

      (zero conditional) When you come home, close the window.

      • LOIEnglish

        YM nice work. You have some problems with number five. If it rains you’ll better take an umbrella. ‘YOU HAD’ is a false modal verb. It cannot be used with ‘WILL’ The correction is: If it rains you HAD BETTER take an umbrella.

    • Luiz

      If you write a clause starting with when, wouldn’t it be a “time” clause? Of course, you use the same verb tense sequence, but you can’t say it is a conditional, can you?

    • iara

      1. If you go to the grocery store, You will buy me some vodka.
      2. If I talk to your dad, I will ask him to call you.
      3.If plants Don’t have water, sunlight and soil, they will die.
      4.If I leave work early, we will go to the movies.
      5.If you have the time, you will call you mother.

    • Marfer Honeypie

      1. If you go to the grocery store, You will buy me some vodka.
      2. If I talk to your dad, I will ask him to call you.
      3.If plants Don’t have water, sunlight and soil, they will die.
      4.If I leave work early, we will go to the movies.
      5.If you have the time, you will call you mother.
      1. If you go to the grocery store, You will buy me some vodka.
      2. If I talk to your dad, I will ask him to call you.
      3.If plants Don’t have water, sunlight and soil, they will die.
      4.If I leave work early, we will go to the movies.
      5.If you have the time, you will call you mother.

    • Velasco Ruiz Ángel

      To miss Olinca:
      1. If you go to the grocery store, You will buy me some vodka.
      2. If I talk to your dad, I will ask him to call you.
      3.If plants Don’t have water, sunlight and soil, they will die.
      4.If I leave work early, we will go to the movies.
      5.If you have the time, you will call you mother
      😀

    • Alan fernando martinez lopez

      1. If you go to the grocery store will to buy me some vodka
      2 if talk to your dad,i will ask him to call you
      3 if plants dont have water sunlight and soli,
      They will to die
      4 if i leave whork carly,we will to go to the movies
      5 if you leave the time ,you will call you mother