Intermediate English Grammar (B1) Lesson 10 of 25

First Conditional

Read and listen to four conversations using the grammar.

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Conversation 1

Man: Are we still playing football on Tuesday?
Woman: Yes, I think so. Why do you ask?
Man: Well, the weather forecast says it will rain.
Woman: Well, if it rains, we will play in the gym. I will send an email to everyone explaining this.
Man: Do you think we will have enough players?
Woman: Yes, I think so. We need 8 players to play. If we don’t get enough players, we will cancel though.
Man: Do you think we will get enough players to play?
Woman: I think so, but if we don’t, I will let everyone know.

Conversation 2

Man: I am having a party on Saturday. Would you like to come?
Woman: I would love to if I have time. I might be busy though.
Man: Well, the party will go until midnight, so please come if you have time.
Woman: Thanks. Should I bring anything?
Man: No, I think I have everything covered, but you can bring extra drinks if you like.
Woman: OK, can I park at your house?
Man: Parking might be a problem, so if you can, I would take the subway.
Woman: OK, I will do that.
Man: If it is raining though, just call and I will pick you up from the station.
Woman: Thanks, No need though. If I need to, I will go grab a taxi.
Man: Great. I hope you can make it.
Woman: I’ll try my best. If I can’t, I’ll let you know.

Conversation 3

Man: What are your plans for tonight?
Woman: Well, if there is something good on Netflix, I will watch a movie. What about you?
Man: I think will go to the gym if I have enough energy.
Woman: What do you do at the gym?
Man: I take a spinning class.
Woman: Oh, that sounds fun.
Man: It is, but it starts at 7, so unless I finish my work on time, I can’t go.
Woman: Well, you better get busy then.
Man: Yes, I know.

Conversation 4

Man: What are your plans for the winter holiday?
Woman: I want to go skiing if there is enough snow.
Man: Oh, that sounds fun. Who will you go with?
Woman: I will go with my parents, and a few friends if they can make it. What about you?
Man: I will likely stay home. I might work on my novel if I feel like it.
Woman: Oh, I didn’t know you are writing a book.
Man: Yeah, this is my third one. I try to keep it secret.
Woman: Really! I had no idea. What books have you written?
Man: Well, I’ll tell you, but only if you promise to keep it a secret.
Woman: I promise. So what is the book?
Man: Well …

First Conditional

Point 1: The first conditional If-clause expresses the likelihood of something happening because of another action.
  1. If it rains, I will go out tonight.
  2. If you win the next race, you will have chance of winning gold.
  3. If we hurry, we can make it.
  4. If we get busy, I cannot meet you.
Point 2: If-clauses can start a sentence, They are followed by a comma in written English.
  1. If I see Mary, I will tell her the bad news.
  2. If we can pass these exams, we will be happy.
  3. If you come over, I will make you dinner.
  4. If it happens, it happens.
Point 3: If-clauses can follow a dependent clause. They do not need a comma in written English.
  1. I will tell Mary the bad news if I see her.
  2. We will be happy if we pass these exams.
  3. I will call you if we are late.
  4. We will lose if we do not try harder.
Point 4: We can use other modals instead of will, such as should, would, could, can, may, and might.
  1. I may tell Mary the bad news if I see her.
  2. If you do your homework, you can watch TV.
  3. You should get there on time if the traffic is not bad.
  4. If he does that again, I would tell the boss.
Answer these questions about the interview.

Gap Fill: Complete the conversation with the correct word!

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