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Conditionals



Alyona C.
Ukraine

Conditionals
 
Dear Friends,
I ask for help again. Help me to correct the mistakes , please. My answers are in brackets.
1) Don īt wait for me if I shall be late. (if I am?)
2) Do you mind if I shall borrow your dictionary? (if I borrow?)
3) The food spoil if the fridge is turned off. (The food will spoil?)
4) Will they read this magazine if I could leave it. (if I leave?)
5) The ground gets wet if it can rains. (the ground will get? and do we need can in this sentence?)
Thanks!

17 Nov 2010      





amyi
France

Hello there!  All of your answers in brackets look fine to me! (I īm a native speaker)

17 Nov 2010     



Nani Pappi
Portugal

Hello Alyona,
 
First conditional : If + present , ... so
 
you have to say:
 
1- Don īt wait for me if I am late
2 ... if I borrow
4- ... if I leave
5- if it rains
 
On exercises 3 and 5 you need the future
 
3 - The food will spoil
5- The ground will get wet
 
The rule is: if + present , future
                            or you can invert the sentences and
 
                   future + if + present
 
Sometimes you can substitute the future for imperative

17 Nov 2010     



magneto
Greece

Hi, Alyona!
Here īs what I think:

1) Don īt wait for me if I am late. (1st conditional)
2) Do you mind if I borrow your dictionary? (Although I īd rather use the 2nd conditional in this case: Would you mind if I borrowed your dictionary? - I think it sounds more polite)
3) The food will spoil if the fridge is turned off. (1st conditional)
4) Will they read this magazine if I leave it? (1st conditional)
5) The ground gets wet if it rains. (zero conditional - general truth: If + Present Simple, Present Simple), but you can also say The ground will get wet if it rains.

Hope I īve helped!

CheersSmile

17 Nov 2010